11.7.3 India

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11.7.3.1 General information

Export certification requirements have been established for pork and pork products. All federally registered establishments are eligible to export pork and pork products to India provided all certification requirements are met. Meat products will be subjected to import inspection in India which may include laboratory testing (microbiological testing, chemical testing, etc.).

Trading parties (operator/exporter/importer) are responsible for ensuring that the certification provided by the CFIA is in compliance with the requirements appearing on the import permit that must be issued by the Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries of India. Also, trading parties are responsible to ensure that the product intended for export is labelled in accordance with Indian requirements.

11.7.3.2 Import prohibitions or restrictions

Only export of pork and pork products is allowed.

a) Requirements applicable to slaughterhouses

To meet animal health requirements outlined in paragraph (x) of the Veterinary Certificate for Pork and Pork Products (Annex A), the operator of a registered slaughter establishment interested to produce pork for export to India must develop, implement and maintain a written control program. The control program must be acceptable to the CFIA and must include the control elements outlined below in order to demonstrate compliance. CFIA certification will be based on attestation provided by a licensed veterinary practitioner and assurances provided by the producer or person in charge of the animals intended for slaughter for export to India.

Operators are responsible to ensure that producers supplying pigs intended for slaughter for export to India are enrolled in an on-farm food safety program recognized by the CFIA (the Canadian Quality Assurance Program administered by the Canadian Pork Council of Canada (CQA) is currently the only program recognized).

The operator must ensure that:

  1. Producers obtain an attestation (see example below) from a licensed veterinary practitioner to the effect that the diseases of concern have not been diagnosed at the farm of origin of the pigs for the required period of time, and that a copy is available at the slaughter establishment. The required attestation from the veterinary practitioner will be considered valid for a period of 6 months provided it includes a statement to the effect that the producer will be informed immediately in case one of the diseases of concern is diagnosed so that the attestation previously issued can be cancelled; 

    or

    the producers obtain the required attestation and provide to the operator for each shipment of pigs intended for slaughter for export to India.

    Attestation:

    To: name of producer and identification of premise

    To the best of my knowledge, the following diseases have not been diagnosed on the above premises during the last three months: enterovirus encephalomyelitis (Teschen's disease), transmissible gastro-enteritis, tuberculosis, porcine brucellosis and anthrax. I undertake to notify you immediately should one of these diseases be diagnosed during the next 6 months.

    Name of veterinarian printed, signature and date

  2. Producers or person in charge of the pigs intended for slaughter for export to India submit a Swine Information Document (SID) providing specific assurances regarding absence of the diseases of concern at the farm of origin (see SID in Annex B for more details).

    The operator shall review the veterinary attestation and SID to ensure the documents are complete and acceptable. After the operator has completed the review of the documents and found the animal(s) it represents acceptable for slaughter for export to India, the documents shall be provided to the responsible CFIA Veterinarian.

    If the CFIA determines that the animals are not acceptable for slaughter for export to India and/or the information document is not complete, the CFIA veterinarian informs the operator of the non-compliance in accordance with routine practices. The operator shall investigate and determine why an incomplete/unacceptable information document was submitted to the CFIA and take appropriate corrective and preventative action. The animals represented by the unacceptable document shall not proceed to slaughter for export to India unless satisfactory corrective action is taken by the operator.

    The operator shall file the documents and keep them for a minimum of 1 year and make them available to the CFIA upon request.

    The operator's control program must ensure traceability through the slaughter/ production process until packaging and appropriate labelling so that eligible and non-eligible products can be distinguished at all time. Eligible products must be readily identifiable as meeting applicable requirements when an application for export certification is submitted.

b) Requirements applicable to processing establishments

Operators of processing establishments are required to develop, implement and maintain a written control program acceptable to the CFIA to ensure that:

  1. Only pork products produced in compliance with the requirements outlined in subsection 11.7.3.2 (a) above and that comply with Trichinella control requirements outlined in paragraph (viii) of the Veterinary Certificate for Pork and Pork Products (Annex A) are used to produce pork meat products intended for export to India.
  2. Receiving procedures are in place for identifying eligible products in the case of establishments receiving products for cutting/boning, processing, packaging or storage.
  3. Traceability of eligible products is assured through the production process until packaging and appropriate labelling so that eligible and non-eligible products can be distinguished at all time. Eligible products must be readily identifiable as meeting applicable requirements when an application for export certification is submitted.

c) Requirements applicable to the transfer of eligible product between establishments (slaughter, processing and storage)

Annex J (of Introduction of Chapter 11 of the MOP) must be used when eligible products are moved between establishments. Eligible products must be segregated from ineligible products.

11.7.3.3 Specific or additional inspection procedures

Animal health conditions: necessary information must be provided to the CFIA to demonstrate that animal health conditions are met.

11.7.3.4 Additional certification

Annex A must be issued.

11.7.3.5 Special marking and packaging requirements

Nil

11.7.3.6 Other requirements

Nil

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