11.7.3 Hong Kong

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11.7.3.1 General information

Before exporting pig uteri or horsemeat, permission must be sought from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, Hong Kong. Permits are required for all importations of meat products as defined by Hong Kong. The importer/exporter are responsible to ensure that applicable permits are obtained and that the certification issued by the CFIA meets applicable import requirements.

It is important to note that, under Hong Kong law, Chapter 132AK, Imported Game, Meat and Poultry Regulations, "meat" is defined as the fresh or frozen carcass, flesh or other edible part including viscera and offal, from an animal kept in captivity before slaughter from which beef, mutton, pork, veal, lamb is derived or poultry meat. As such, processed meat is legally treated as food (not meat products) and regulated accordingly in Hong Kong which is different from the Canadian Meat Inspection Act and Regulations.

The head of an animal which does not include the attached maxillary lymph nodes (also known as mandibular lymph nodes), is allowed to be exported to Hong Kong as of May 26, 2014.

11.7.3.2 Import prohibitions or restrictions

The following shall not be exported unless with prior written permission from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of Hong Kong:

2.1 meat which consists of scraps, trimmings or other pieces (whether with or without bone) of such shape or in such condition as to afford insufficient means of identification with a definite part of a carcass, or

2.2 meat comprising the wall of the thorax or abdomen from which has been detached any part of the pleura or (save in the case of meat derived from a pig) the peritoneum, other than a part necessarily removed in preparing the meat, or

2.3 meat other than mutton and lamb, from which a lymphatic node, except a node necessarily removed in preparing the meat, has been taken out, or

2.4 Bovine meat must comply with the following requirements:

2.4.1 Boneless and bone-in beef, including offal, may be derived from animals of all ages.

2.4.2 The bovine meat and meat products must not contain and must not be contaminated with:

2.4.2.1 tonsils and distal ileum from cattle of any age;

2.4.2.2 brains, eyes, spinal cord, skull, vertebral column (excluding the vertebrae of the tail, the transverse processes of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, and the wings of the sacrum) from cattle that were at the time of slaughter over 30 months of age; and

2.4.2.3 mechanically separated meat and product from advanced meat recovery systems are not allowed to be imported into Hong Kong.

Note:

  • In the case of eligible bone-in meat products, only products derived from animals slaughtered on March 9, 2009 or after are considered qualified for export.
  • In the case of offal and eligible products derived from OTM animals, only products derived from animals slaughtered on June 30, 2009 or after are considered eligible.
  • In the case of bone-in meat derived from OTM animals, meat with vertebral column derived from UTM animals, only products derived from animals slaughtered on December 6, 2009 or after are considered eligible.

2.4.3 Originate from an establishment approved to export bovine meat to Hong Kong.

Refer to Annex 1 for the list of approved establishments

Operators of establishments where beef products are manufactured for export to Hong Kong must develop, implement and maintain effective and verifiable control programs for ensuring compliance with all applicable requirements. Where eligible and non-eligible products are manufactured at the establishment, the control programs must ensure that non-eligible products can be distinguished from those that are eligible through receiving, processing, shipping/distribution. The control programs must include monitoring, verification and deviation procedures. The controls implemented by the operator to comply with applicable requirements must be reviewed and found satisfactory by the CFIA inspector. The inspector will verify compliance through usual inspection activities.

2.5 Pig uteri and horsemeat must comply with the following requirements:

2.5.1 the consignment must be conveyed under refrigeration;

2.5.2 a report must be made to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of Hong Kong within 24 hours of the arrival of the consignment, stating the amount, description of the goods and the place of storage;

2.5.3 on arrival, the consignment must be inspected by food officers of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of Hong Kong;

2.5.4 an import permit must be obtained in advance; and

2.5.5 in the case of pig uteri only non-gravid uteri are permitted.

11.7.3.3 Specific or additional inspection procedures

The accuracy and effectiveness of operator implementation of the applicable requirements listed in section 11.7.3.2 above must be verified in accordance with CFIA Meat Program delivery procedures as per Chapter 1 of this Manual.

The inspection of pig uteri must be conducted as follows:

3.1 for gilts: inspected visually and by palpation.

3.2 for sows: inspected visually, by palpation and by incision.

Since pig uteri are highly vascular organs, care must be taken to ensure that they do not show any inflammatory changes and that, whenever possible, these pig uteri are not obtained from sows which have a high ratio of inflammation or congestion.

Uteri from post-parturient sows should be excluded from export, along with those from pigs in estrus.

11.7.3.4 Additional certification

Certification in English only

4.1 In the case of pig uteri, form CFIA/ACIA 1454 shall be endorsed as follows:

"I, space, veterinary officer duly designated by the Government of Canada, certify that:

  • the pig uteri of the consignment described above were derived from pigs which were inspected before and after slaughter by veterinary inspectors approved by the Government of Canada and are certified healthy.
  • the pig uteri of the consignment described above are wholesome and free from disease and congestion.

or an additional certificate may be attached to form CFIA/ACIA 1454, using the format shown in Annex A."

4.2 In the case of beef, the certificate shown in Annex B shall be used.

4.3 In the case of game, farmed game and farmed game bird meat, Annex C shall be used.

4.4 In the case of poultry meat, the certificate shown in Annex E shall be used.

4.5 In the case of meat products derived from horses, the scientific name of the species (Equus caballus) should be indicated on the certificate CFIA/ACIA 1454 to facilitate release of the shipment. Hong Kong authorities have confirmed that form CFIA/ACIA 1454 fulfils the requirements for Certificate of Origin as well.

11.7.3.5 Special marking and packaging requirements

The label of fresh chilled meat products derived from beef, mutton and pork destined for retail sale (prepackaged products) must bear the name and address of the slaughterhouse and the date of slaughter of the animals from which the meat is derived.

11.7.3.6 Other requirements

Cooked beef products are regulated as food by the Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. Establishments are not required to be approved before exporting these cooked products to Hong Kong. Also, cooked products containing beef may be derived from beef imported from New Zealand, Australia and Uruguay, as well as being from Canadian sources meeting the additional requirements of subsection 2.4 of section 11.7.3.2.

See a CFIA inspector to obtain certificates.

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