11.7.3 Taiwan

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11.7.3.1 General information

Import licenses are required. Import licences are not required for the import of foie gras and poultry meat.

Only licensed Taiwanese importers are allowed to import offal. Tongue, testes and skirts will be subjected to extensive import inspection procedures.

There is no objection to export edible kidneys with a section of urinary tract attached. The importer is responsible to obtain the required import permit for that type of product. A statement to the effect that the product is being prepared for export should appear on the box and appropriate controls must be in place to ensure that the product is exported to Taiwan.

Taiwanese officials informed us that imported meat product (including raw product) is subjected to bacteriological testing as part of import inspection. A zero tolerance is applied for Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7.

11.7.3.2 Import prohibitions or restrictions

Pork offal prepared as edible in accordance with Chapter 17 of the Manual of Procedures is allowed to be imported into Taiwan. Operators interested to export other type of offal (i.e. not produced in accordance with Chapter 17) must develop a method of preparation and submit it to the inspector in charge and the Area office for approval.

Raw pork products and processed pork products are eligible for export to Taiwan.

Meat and meat products derived from cervids (elk and/or deer) born or raised in Saskatchewan are not eligible for export to Taiwan.

Bovine meat products:

(i) Definition and prohibitions

  1. "Cattle" means domesticated bovine animals (Bos taurus and Bos indicus). Only beef derived from cattle born and raised in Canada or in a country deemed eligible by Taiwan to export beef, or from cattle legally imported into Canada and raised in Canada for at least 100 days prior to slaughter in Canada will be considered eligible to export to Taiwan. For export of bone-in beef the date of slaughter must be February 27, 2014 or after.
  2. "Specified risk material" (SRM) means:
    • the distal ileum and the tonsils from cattle of all ages; and
    • the brain, skull, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, spinal cord, vertebral column (excluding the vertebrae of the tail, the transverse processes of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, and the wings of the sacrum), and dorsal root ganglia from cattle 30 months of age and older.
  3. "Beef for export" includes all beef and edible beef products (bone-in and deboned), which are produced out of cattle less than thirty (30) months of age at the time of slaughter and specified in Taiwan's Import Regulation Code 113 (including tongue, skirt, lips, ears, penis, testes, tail, back strap,abdominal tunic). However, "beef for export" excludes:
    • distal ileum and tonsils from cattle of all ages;
    • internal organs (for example, heart, lungs, liver, large intestines, spleen, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, bladder and uterus) derived from cattle of all ages;
    • ground beef;
    • brain, skull, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, spinal cord, vertebral column (excluding the vertebra of the tail, the transverse processes of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, and the wings of the sacrum), the dorsal root ganglia from cattle 30 months of age or older; and
    • mechanically recovered meat (MRM)/mechanically separated meat (MSM), advanced meat recovery products (AMR) derived from skull and vertebral column of cattle that were 30 months of age or over.

(ii) Requirements/restrictions

  • Only beef derived from cattle born and raised in Canada or in a country deemed eligible by Taiwan to export beef, or from cattle legally imported into Canada and raised in Canada for at least 100 days prior to slaughter in Canada will be considered eligible to export to Taiwan.
  • Only beef derived from cattle that are not suspect or confirmed BSE cases, or confirmed cohorts of BSE cases will be considered eligible for export.
  • Meat establishments that produce beef will maintain a program for the hygienic removal of SRM.
  • For the purpose of SRM removal, the age of cattle at the time of slaughter is verified by documentation, which identifies the age, or by dentition.
  • The beef will be derived from cattle that were slaughtered in meat establishments registered in accordance with the Meat Inspection Act and Regulations, and have passed ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection conducted by CFIA inspection personnel under the supervision of the resident CFIA veterinarian.
  • The beef will be derived from cattle that were not subjected to a stunning process, prior to slaughter, with a device injecting compressed air or gas into the cranial cavity, or to a pithing process.
  • The beef will be processed in a manner as to prevent contamination from SRM in accordance with CFIA regulations.

(iii) Requirements applicable to establishments

  1. Meat establishment that is registered in accordance with the Meat Inspection Act and Regulations is eligible to produce beef for exportation to Taiwan.
  2. The CFIA will maintain a regular monitoring and auditing program for meat establishments registered in accordance to the Meat Inspection Act and Regulations, and will verify that they comply with the import requirements of Taiwan. In the event of a serious non-compliance, the CFIA will immediately control the serious non-compliant product in the meat establishment. If the process that resulted in the serious non-compliant product is ongoing, the CFIA will immediately withhold certification of additional product for export to Taiwan until it determines that appropriate corrective and preventative measures have been taken. Only when the CFIA determines that corrective actions are adequate will the CFIA resume certification of product for export to Taiwan.
  3. The Taiwanese government can conduct on-site inspections and investigate the original records on the establishment for export to Taiwan, and can take measures including suspension of the export of the establishment if serious non-compliance with requirements listed in this section is found. The CFIA will immediately withhold certification of additional product for export to Taiwan until it determines that appropriate corrective and preventative measures have been taken. The Canadian government will inform the Taiwanese government of the completion of the corrective actions for the non-compliance of the relevant establishment and based on this information, the Taiwanese government will lift the suspension of exportation.

11.7.3.3 Specific or additional inspection procedures

Nil

11.7.3.4 Additional certification

Beef: In addition to form CFIA/ACIA 1454, Annex B must be issued. Also, the High Quality Bovine Meat Certificate should be issued, when (Annex C - Introduction, Chapter 11).

Poultry meat: In addition to form CFIA/ACIA 1454, Annex C must be issued. Annex C has been updated due to outbreak of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza in British Columbia.

Note:

  1. Once original certification has been issued by the official veterinarian, a photocopy of the CFIA/ACIA 1454 and Annex B must be made and be certified as a true copy of the original certificate by adding the words "Certified as a true copy", an original official seal and the signature of the official veterinarian who has issued the original certification.
  2. The name and address of the slaughter establishment must appear on the CFIA/ACIA 1454. "Various eligible establishments" is not considered acceptable.

In the case of export of meat and meat products derived from cervids, the statement "The products described above were not derived from animals born or raised in Saskatchewan, neither from the animals with any clinical sign of Chronic Wasting Disease before slaughter. The products are safe for human consumption." must appear in the box "Additional certification / Attestation supplémentaire".

11.7.3.5 Special marking and packaging requirements

Nil

11.7.3.6 Other requirements

Shipments in transit via Hong Kong are not permitted. The container must be sealed with an official seal. The seal number and the container number must appear on the export certificate.

Taiwan (Department of Health and the Bureau of Standards and Metrology) has specific labelling requirements (e.g. Chinese label for products directly sold to consumers [3 kg or less] expiry/packaging date). The importer is responsible to take the necessary measures to ensure that the product is labelled according to applicable requirements.

Beef and beef products

In the event that non-compliance with applicable import health requirements is found during the quarantine inspection of beef for export conducted by the Taiwanese government, the Taiwanese government can take the following measures:

  1. If a serious non-compliance in a lot is detected during the port of entry inspection process in Taiwan, the lot will be rejected.
  2. If a SRM is found, the CFIA will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the problem. Product produced by the pertinent meat establishment will then be subject to increased rates of import inspection in Taiwan. Only after 5 lots totaling 3 times or greater quantity of the same product from the same meat establishment are inspected without finding a food-safety hazard, will the standard inspection procedures and rates apply.
  3. If two incidents of a serious non-compliance involving separate lots from the same meat establishment are detected in Taiwan during a 6-month period, the export certification of beef to Taiwan from that establishment concerned will be withheld by the CFIA. Beef from the meat establishment that was produced prior to the date of the incident will continue to be eligible for import inspection. Export certification of product to Taiwan will not re-commence until the CFIA confirmed that the corrective and preventative actions have been successfully implemented and inform Taiwanese government accordingly. Taiwanese authorities may include an on-site audit of the establishment during its next system audit of establishments.
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