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Agencies or Organizations Involved in the Egg Commercialization Chain

Table eggs, egg products, hatching eggs and birds up to three days of age for reproduction, shall meet the different standards, regulations, laws and requirements for production, storage, transportation, commercialization and exportation/importation, both in the US as in the destination Country (Mexico).

Below are the Government Agencies and private organizations regulating, verifying and providing information regarding goods subject matter herein, and their main activities are also listed. Also, the laws, programs and associations applicable to the goods are shown in order to know and clarify the actions and paperwork that are to be carried out by exporters in order to send their products into Mexico.

 

Agencias o entidades involucradas en la cadena del huevo

AMS: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA’s Agency.

  • It is in charge of the Shell Eggs Surveillance Program which ensures that eggs sold in the marketplace meet equal or better standards than Grade B.

  • It performs annual inspections in the production farms or hatcheries, and in places where eggs are handled, to ensure they meet the requirements.

  • It manages a voluntary program used in classification by quality grades of eggs for shell eggs. This is paid for by the processing plants.

  • Since April 1998, it prohibits repackaging of eggs previously sent for retail, and packaged under the voluntary grading classification program.

  • To contact AMS’s staff, you may send an email or call using the following contact information: Livestock and Poultry Program, Jennifer Porter, (Deputy Administrator) email: AskLP@ams.usda.gov  Phone: (202) 720-5705. Or to get information on voluntary verification programs, you may call: (202) 720- 5705 or send an email to: Jennifer.Porter@ams.usda.gov.

  • It issues the disease-free statement certification for table eggs for Mexico, which certifies that goods meet the sanitary requirements from their origin as per the sanitary requirements required by SENASICA in Mexico. (It is a pre-certification before the request/issuance of the health certificate for export (LPS-210S).

  • It issues the table eggs export health certificate (Form LPS-210S)

  • It issues the export certificate for processed eggs and processed egg products according to the Processed Egg and Egg Products Export Verification Program (PEEPEV), such as: hard-cooked eggs in vinegar, omelet, crepes, hard-cooked eggs, round-shape, compacted scrambled cooked eggs.

AMS issues Certificate LPS 234, and it shall be accompanied by the Letterhead Certificate. This Certificate is available in the following link:

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/b3c3ae20-4a85-4001-9bfb 84668e1fcabf/Mexico_Egg_Products_353.pdf?MOD=AJPERES   

If you wish to know the Disease-Free Statement Certification form for table eggs, you may click the following link:

https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/DiseaseFreeStatementsTableEggsMexico.pdf

FSIS: Food Safety Inspection Service, USDA’s Agency

  • It ensures processed eggs or its components have been inspected, passed by FSIS and meet all the additional requirements of the importing Country.

  • It regulates dehydrated, frozen or liquid egg products.

  • It is the competent authority for exportation of processed egg products and their certification for their exportation.

  • It maintains integrity, safety and accuracy in all certification processes for exports.

  • It regulates all processing egg-product plants (plants cracking and pasteurizing eggs).

  • It is accountable for all imported eggs for further processing, and to ensure imported shell eggs for retail stores are transported under refrigeration.

  • It verifies shell eggs packaged for consumers are labeled with legends, such as: “Keep Refrigerated”, and transported under refrigeration and at ambient temperature not greater than 45 ºF (7.22 ºC). https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/informational/en-espanol/hojasinformativas/preparacion-productos-de-huevos/huevos-en-cascaron/huevos-en-cascaron

  • Exporters interested in sending their goods to Mexico shall fill out and submit form FSIS 9060-6 (Application for Export Certificate). With this application, FSIS will issue a sanitary Certificate for exportation of egg products. Form FSIS 9060-6 is a formality carried out in the US and is prior to the issuance of the sanitary Export Certificate, that is to say, it is a necessary requirement only before the US Sanitary Authority and, not for Mexico.

  • Form FSIS 9060-5EP is issued by FSIS operations personnel. This document is submitted to the Mexican health authority, and it certifies that egg products specified therein have been inspected and passed in accordance to the applicable USDA regulations, and are wholesome, and fit for human consumption. The document is issued for the exporter, and it includes the following:

  1. General consignee’s information. Other pieces of information included in the form are:

  2. District Office,

  3. Country of Destination,

  4. Serial Number,

  5. Establishment Number and City,

  6. Type of Facility,

  7. Total Marked Net Weight, Total Container Number

  8. Labeled Products with their Individual Weight, Number of Packages and Plant Number Marks,

  9. Additional Certification Statements, as required by SENASICA’s Animal Health Requirements Sheet.

If you wish to know form FSIS 9060-5EP, and see how to correctly fill it out, you may click on the following link:

 

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/4b9ef808-c110-4d0b-8994-a4f2d603a50f/Sample-9060-5EP-instructions.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

Any questions related to export certification for egg products regulated by FSIS can be sent to the importations/exportations coordination and policy development personnel at:

importexport@fsis.usda.gov or calling 202-720-0082 or 1-855-444-9904.

If you wish to know the application form for export certification, please click on the following link:

 

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/5d5e39c4-99f7-4e7d-897d-811d20bae741/FSIS_9060 6_Application_for_Export_Certificate.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

Exporters who need to get a replacement certificate must call FSIS at: 1-855-444-9904, or by email: importexport@fsis.usda.gov

(FSIS and FDA Cooperation)

  • FSIS and FDA share authority on egg safety, and work together to solve the issue of Salmonella in eggs.

FDA. Food and Drug Administration

  • It verifies that the Egg Safety Rule is complied with.

  • It regulates processed eggs and processed egg products (PEEPEV Program).

  • It regulates table eggs for human consumption.

  • These facilities must register with FDA and are required to maintainLas granjas productoras deben ser autorizadas por la FDA y están obligadas a mantener written plans summarizing their safety practices.pautas escritas que resuman sus prácticas de seguridad.

  • State and local health departments, in cooperation with FDA,Los departamentos de salud estatales y locales, en cooperación con la FDA, monitor safe handling and good manufacturing practices in shell eggsupervisan el manejo seguro y las buenas prácticas de fabricación del huevo para plato.

  • Under this new rule, FDA will inspect more than 600 farms over•FDA's Egg Safety Rule requires those transporting eggs to maintain anRegula las plantas de procesamiento de huevo, como las plantas donde se lavan, clasifican y empacan los huevos.

  • It is responsible for products not included in USDA’s definition of “egg products”, as well as the establishments not covered by USDA –for example: restaurants, bakeries and cake mix plants.

  • It issues the free-sale certificates.

APHIS: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA’s Agency

  • It carries out activities to reduce disease risk in layer hen farms.

  • It manages the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP), which certifies that breeding flocks and hatcheries are free from certain diseases. (It is very important that producers that send products within the State or internationally participate in this Program).

  • It issues the export health certificate for birds up to three days of age to Mexico.

  • It issues the health certificate for birds up to three days of age from the US to Mexico.

  • It issues the export health certificate for hatching eggs to Mexico.

  • It issues the health certificate and the addendum for hatching eggs from the US to Mexico.

If you wish to know all forms issued by the Veterinary Services personnel with APHIS, you may click on the following link:

 

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/forms/ct_vs_forms

If you wish to know the animal health certificate form to export birds up to three days of age, you may click on the following link:

 

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/downloads/mx-3-day-final.pdf

If you wish to know the export health certificate for hatching eggs, you may click on the following link:

 

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/downloads/mx-hc-hatching-eggs.pdf

If you wish to know the export health certificate for hatching eggs and birds up to three days of age (VS 17-6), you may click on the following link:

 

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/library/forms/pdf/VS17_6.pdf

ARS: Agricultural Research Service, USDA’s Agency

  • The ARS carries out the research on food safety together with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) which is managed by USDA.

NASS: National Service of Agricultural Statistics

  • It collects information on processing and distribution for industry economic analysis of egg products.

State Department of Agriculture

  • The State Departments of Agriculture monitors egg packers that do not use the grading system for shell eggs by AMS under USDA, who are in conformity with all official US standards, and the grade and weight classes. Even though some packing companies do not use USDA’s quality grading system for table eggs, they can in fact market their products in the US and export to Mexico. 

Local or State Departments

  • Local or State Health Departments supervise that foodservice or food-selling establishments are in conformity with all the local or State health requirements.

  • Local and State Health Departments, together with FDA, supervise processing plant shell egg practices, which do not use USDA’s quality grading system to ensure there are safe handling and good production practices. Even though some packing companies do not use USDA quality grading system for table eggs, they can in fact market their products in the USA and export them to Mexico.

Goods and Agencies Involved

Table Eggs or Shell Eggs

  • FDA: It regulates eggs for human consumption and processing plants, and it requires egg producers to implement safety guidelines; it also issues the Certificate of Free Sale.

  • APHIS: The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) carries out activities to reduce the risk of disease in hatcheries or laying hen farms.

  • AMS: It issues the export certificate and carries out egg grading. It issues the disease-free statement. 

Egg Products

  • FDA: It issues the Certificate of Free Sale for processed egg products.

  • APHIS: National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP).

  • FSIS: It inspects and approves processed eggs or their parts, and processing plants. It issues the egg-products export certificate.

  • AMS: It issues the Export Certificate for exportation of processed eggs.

Hatching Eggs

  • FDA: It issues the Certificate of Free Sale.

  • APHIS: It issues the export certificate and the health certificate; and the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP).

Newly-Hatched Chicks

  • FDA: It issues the Certificate of Free Sale

  • APHIS: It issues the export certificate and the health certificate; and the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP).

Table eggs, egg products, hatching eggs and birds up to three days of age for reproduction, shall meet the different standards, regulations, laws and requirements for production, storage, transportation, commercialization and exportation/importation, both in the US as in the destination Country (Mexico).

Below are the Government Agencies and private organizations regulating, verifying and providing information regarding goods subject matter herein, and their main activities are also listed. Also, the laws, programs and associations applicable to the goods are shown in order to know and clarify the actions and paperwork that are to be carried out by exporters in order to send their products into Mexico.

 

Agencias o entidades involucradas en la cadena del huevo

AMS: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA’s Agency.

  • It is in charge of the Shell Eggs Surveillance Program which ensures that eggs sold in the marketplace meet equal or better standards than Grade B.

  • It performs annual inspections in the production farms or hatcheries, and in places where eggs are handled, to ensure they meet the requirements.

  • It manages a voluntary program used in classification by quality grades of eggs for shell eggs. This is paid for by the processing plants.

  • Since April 1998, it prohibits repackaging of eggs previously sent for retail, and packaged under the voluntary grading classification program.

  • To contact AMS’s staff, you may send an email or call using the following contact information: Livestock and Poultry Program, Jennifer Porter, (Deputy Administrator) email: AskLP@ams.usda.gov  Phone: (202) 720-5705. Or to get information on voluntary verification programs, you may call: (202) 720- 5705 or send an email to: Jennifer.Porter@ams.usda.gov.

  • It issues the disease-free statement certification for table eggs for Mexico, which certifies that goods meet the sanitary requirements from their origin as per the sanitary requirements required by SENASICA in Mexico. (It is a pre-certification before the request/issuance of the health certificate for export (LPS-210S).

  • It issues the table eggs export health certificate (Form LPS-210S)

  • It issues the export certificate for processed eggs and processed egg products according to the Processed Egg and Egg Products Export Verification Program (PEEPEV), such as: hard-cooked eggs in vinegar, omelet, crepes, hard-cooked eggs, round-shape, compacted scrambled cooked eggs.

AMS issues Certificate LPS 234, and it shall be accompanied by the Letterhead Certificate. This Certificate is available in the following link:

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/b3c3ae20-4a85-4001-9bfb 84668e1fcabf/Mexico_Egg_Products_353.pdf?MOD=AJPERES   

If you wish to know the Disease-Free Statement Certification form for table eggs, you may click the following link:

https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/DiseaseFreeStatementsTableEggsMexico.pdf

FSIS: Food Safety Inspection Service, USDA’s Agency

  • It ensures processed eggs or its components have been inspected, passed by FSIS and meet all the additional requirements of the importing Country.

  • It regulates dehydrated, frozen or liquid egg products.

  • It is the competent authority for exportation of processed egg products and their certification for their exportation.

  • It maintains integrity, safety and accuracy in all certification processes for exports.

  • It regulates all processing egg-product plants (plants cracking and pasteurizing eggs).

  • It is accountable for all imported eggs for further processing, and to ensure imported shell eggs for retail stores are transported under refrigeration.

  • It verifies shell eggs packaged for consumers are labeled with legends, such as: “Keep Refrigerated”, and transported under refrigeration and at ambient temperature not greater than 45 ºF (7.22 ºC). https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/informational/en-espanol/hojasinformativas/preparacion-productos-de-huevos/huevos-en-cascaron/huevos-en-cascaron

  • Exporters interested in sending their goods to Mexico shall fill out and submit form FSIS 9060-6 (Application for Export Certificate). With this application, FSIS will issue a sanitary Certificate for exportation of egg products. Form FSIS 9060-6 is a formality carried out in the US and is prior to the issuance of the sanitary Export Certificate, that is to say, it is a necessary requirement only before the US Sanitary Authority and, not for Mexico.

  • Form FSIS 9060-5EP is issued by FSIS operations personnel. This document is submitted to the Mexican health authority, and it certifies that egg products specified therein have been inspected and passed in accordance to the applicable USDA regulations, and are wholesome, and fit for human consumption. The document is issued for the exporter, and it includes the following:

  1. General consignee’s information. Other pieces of information included in the form are:

  2. District Office,

  3. Country of Destination,

  4. Serial Number,

  5. Establishment Number and City,

  6. Type of Facility,

  7. Total Marked Net Weight, Total Container Number

  8. Labeled Products with their Individual Weight, Number of Packages and Plant Number Marks,

  9. Additional Certification Statements, as required by SENASICA’s Animal Health Requirements Sheet.

If you wish to know form FSIS 9060-5EP, and see how to correctly fill it out, you may click on the following link:

 

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/4b9ef808-c110-4d0b-8994-a4f2d603a50f/Sample-9060-5EP-instructions.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

Any questions related to export certification for egg products regulated by FSIS can be sent to the importations/exportations coordination and policy development personnel at:

importexport@fsis.usda.gov or calling 202-720-0082 or 1-855-444-9904.

If you wish to know the application form for export certification, please click on the following link:

 

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/5d5e39c4-99f7-4e7d-897d-811d20bae741/FSIS_9060 6_Application_for_Export_Certificate.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

Exporters who need to get a replacement certificate must call FSIS at: 1-855-444-9904, or by email: importexport@fsis.usda.gov

(FSIS and FDA Cooperation)

  • FSIS and FDA share authority on egg safety, and work together to solve the issue of Salmonella in eggs.

FDA. Food and Drug Administration

  • It verifies that the Egg Safety Rule is complied with.

  • It regulates processed eggs and processed egg products (PEEPEV Program).

  • It regulates table eggs for human consumption.

  • These facilities must register with FDA and are required to maintainLas granjas productoras deben ser autorizadas por la FDA y están obligadas a mantener written plans summarizing their safety practices.pautas escritas que resuman sus prácticas de seguridad.

  • State and local health departments, in cooperation with FDA,Los departamentos de salud estatales y locales, en cooperación con la FDA, monitor safe handling and good manufacturing practices in shell eggsupervisan el manejo seguro y las buenas prácticas de fabricación del huevo para plato.

  • Under this new rule, FDA will inspect more than 600 farms over•FDA's Egg Safety Rule requires those transporting eggs to maintain anRegula las plantas de procesamiento de huevo, como las plantas donde se lavan, clasifican y empacan los huevos.

  • It is responsible for products not included in USDA’s definition of “egg products”, as well as the establishments not covered by USDA –for example: restaurants, bakeries and cake mix plants.

  • It issues the free-sale certificates.

APHIS: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA’s Agency

  • It carries out activities to reduce disease risk in layer hen farms.

  • It manages the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP), which certifies that breeding flocks and hatcheries are free from certain diseases. (It is very important that producers that send products within the State or internationally participate in this Program).

  • It issues the export health certificate for birds up to three days of age to Mexico.

  • It issues the health certificate for birds up to three days of age from the US to Mexico.

  • It issues the export health certificate for hatching eggs to Mexico.

  • It issues the health certificate and the addendum for hatching eggs from the US to Mexico.

If you wish to know all forms issued by the Veterinary Services personnel with APHIS, you may click on the following link:

 

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/forms/ct_vs_forms

If you wish to know the animal health certificate form to export birds up to three days of age, you may click on the following link:

 

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/downloads/mx-3-day-final.pdf

If you wish to know the export health certificate for hatching eggs, you may click on the following link:

 

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/downloads/mx-hc-hatching-eggs.pdf

If you wish to know the export health certificate for hatching eggs and birds up to three days of age (VS 17-6), you may click on the following link:

 

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/library/forms/pdf/VS17_6.pdf

ARS: Agricultural Research Service, USDA’s Agency

  • The ARS carries out the research on food safety together with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) which is managed by USDA.

NASS: National Service of Agricultural Statistics

  • It collects information on processing and distribution for industry economic analysis of egg products.

State Department of Agriculture

  • The State Departments of Agriculture monitors egg packers that do not use the grading system for shell eggs by AMS under USDA, who are in conformity with all official US standards, and the grade and weight classes. Even though some packing companies do not use USDA’s quality grading system for table eggs, they can in fact market their products in the US and export to Mexico. 

Local or State Departments

  • Local or State Health Departments supervise that foodservice or food-selling establishments are in conformity with all the local or State health requirements.

  • Local and State Health Departments, together with FDA, supervise processing plant shell egg practices, which do not use USDA’s quality grading system to ensure there are safe handling and good production practices. Even though some packing companies do not use USDA quality grading system for table eggs, they can in fact market their products in the USA and export them to Mexico.

Goods and Agencies Involved

Table Eggs or Shell Eggs

  • FDA: It regulates eggs for human consumption and processing plants, and it requires egg producers to implement safety guidelines; it also issues the Certificate of Free Sale.

  • APHIS: The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) carries out activities to reduce the risk of disease in hatcheries or laying hen farms.

  • AMS: It issues the export certificate and carries out egg grading. It issues the disease-free statement. 

Egg Products

  • FDA: It issues the Certificate of Free Sale for processed egg products.

  • APHIS: National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP).

  • FSIS: It inspects and approves processed eggs or their parts, and processing plants. It issues the egg-products export certificate.

  • AMS: It issues the Export Certificate for exportation of processed eggs.

Hatching Eggs

  • FDA: It issues the Certificate of Free Sale.

  • APHIS: It issues the export certificate and the health certificate; and the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP).

Newly-Hatched Chicks

  • FDA: It issues the Certificate of Free Sale

  • APHIS: It issues the export certificate and the health certificate; and the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP).

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