Food Safety & Environment

New Audit Finds Poland’s Pork Inspections ‘Equivalent’ to U.S.

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The most recent onsite audit by the USDA of Poland’s inspection system for raw and processed pork products found the European nation’s efforts remain equivalent to those of the United States.

The report for the audit conducted in Poland on Sept. 11-19, 2017, was released last week by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

“The purpose of the audit was to determine whether Poland’s food safety system governing meat remains equivalent to that of the United States, with the ability to export products that are safe, wholesome, unadulterated, and correctly labeled and packaged,” according to the report.

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Poland currently exports the following categories of products to the United States: raw–
intact; raw–non-intact; fully cooked–not shelf stable; heat treated but not fully cooked–not shelf stable; and thermally processed–commercially sterile pork products.

The audit focused on six system equivalence components:

  • Government oversight – e.g., organization and administration;
  • Government statutory authority and food safety and other consumer protection regulations – e.g., Inspection System Operation, Product Standards and Labeling, and Humane Handling;
  • Government sanitation;
  • Government Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system;
  • Government Chemical Residue Testing Programs; and
  • Government Microbiological Testing Programs.

 

“An analysis of the findings within each component did not identify any deficiencies that
represented an immediate threat to public health,” according to the report.

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