Annex L-6: Red Meat Carcasses Exports to the United States in Plant Import Reinspection Sample Selection Procedures

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The following procedures are to be used in selecting samples for subsequent possible reinspection by the United States Department of Agriculture, (USDA) import inspectors at the USDA import reinspection station. Samples are randomly selected under the supervision of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspection personnel and placed at the back of the truck. This is to avoid the necessity of unloading the entire shipment for reinspection at the border.

1. Notification of export:

a) A designated plant employee notifies the CFIA Inspector in Charge or designee of the number of carcass sides in the export shipment.

b) The following procedures must already have been completed on the proposed export shipment in the sales cooler:

  • shipment must have been scaled;
  • all trimming and final product checking completed;
  • segregated into the load;
  • tagged for destination;
  • readied for loading onto the truck for shipment.

2. Random number selection:

a) Using a random number table, the CFIA generates random numbers for the full load.

1. Beef/Veal Carcasses

1.1 * If the load is less than 101 sides, then select 3 samples only.

1.2 If the load ranges between 101 and 250 beef sides there are two sampling steps for which the following numbers need to be generated:

Step 1: 4 sample sides *

Step 2: 3 sample sides

If the Step 2 sampling generates a side number that has already been selected in the Step 2 sampling, then select the next highest number

2. Pork/Mutton/Lamb/Goat Carcasses

12 sides = Lot size 24,000 pounds and under

30 sides = Lot size 24,001 to 60,000 pounds

47 sides = Lot size 60,001 to 240,000 pounds

3. Identification of samples:

Under CFIA supervision, the plant employees identify the Step 1 and Step 2 (if applicable) sample sides. Step 1 and Step 2 (if applicable) samples should be identified with different colors or in a way that they can be identified as Step 1 and Step 2 samples. Plastic tape is recommended.

The straps are tagged and the plant rails out the samples and loads them on the back of the truck once the rest of the shipment has been loaded.

The truck is secured and sealed by a CFIA inspector. The seal number is recorded on the CFIA/ACIA 4546.

4. Sample representation:

It is the CFIA's responsibility to:

  1. ensure that after selection, the samples remain representative of the load in its entirety;
  2. ensure, if there is evidence that the samples are not representative or problems are detected, that the load is reinspected, reworked and re-sampled in the sales cooler;
  3. not permit any trimming of the samples.

5. Partial loads:

The following procedures are to be followed:

  • CFIA selects all seven random sample numbers in advance.
  • The initial partial shipment is treated as a whole shipment.
  • Appropriate random samples for the partial load are selected.
  • The plant seals the partial truck loads, under CFIA supervision, with the samples on the rear of the truck.
  • The load is completed the next day.

6. Re-sealed loads:

Must be carried out under the direct control of the CFIA inspector, if any loads, because of scaling difficulties or weight miscalculation, are overweight requiring the removal of one or more sides, then one or more sides shall be removed from the back of the truck along with the tags and the next available side will be tagged as a sample.

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