USDA AMS EU Dairy Export Verification Program

August 13, 2021

As of January 15, 2022, the European Union (EU) will require new health certificates for U.S. dairy products exported to the EU. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will be prepared to issue these new health certificates.

AMS is amending the existing EU Dairy Export Verification Program to verify that the U.S. milk used for products exported to the EU is sourced from establishments regulated under the Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance or the USDA AMS Milk for Manufacturing Purposes and its Production and Processing Recommended Requirements program. Entities throughout the supply chain are expected to maintain records to demonstrate that milk used for export to the EU was sourced from one of these programs.

Based on verbal and written technical exchanges with the EU Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, participation in these programs combined with the oversight provided by the Food and Drug Administration and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is sufficient for AMS to endorse the attestations on the new certificates established in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2235.

To minimize the impact on the U.S. dairy industry, AMS will implement slight changes to its current program to check existing records at milk processing plants or dairy cooperative milk suppliers. AMS will verify milk sources when conducting regular audits for compliance with the existing EU Somatic Cell Count (SCC) and Bacteria Standard Plate Count (SPC) requirements. AMS expects that this review will add minimal time to our routine audits. Entities that fail to maintain such records will be expected to take corrective actions and will be subject to further review.

In addition to slight modifications to the EU Dairy Export Verification Program, AMS is preparing to issue new EU export certificates in its Agriculture Trade Licensing & Attestation Solution (ATLAS) system. Additional details and instructions on these new EU certificates are under development and will be made available on the AMS website.

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