Canadian Carcass Poultry Grading Program – Inspection Manual for Graded Poultry
7 Exports and Imports of Graded Poultry

7.1 Exports of Graded Processed Poultry

Section 13 of the LPCG Regulation allows graded and ungraded product to be exported. Graded products have to meet the standards established in the Regulation for the grade claimed and the requirements of the importing country.

An "Application for Inspection" (CFIA/ACIA 1018) and a Certificate of Inspection (CFIA/ACIA 1022) is required for lots that are graded and exported.

A joint agreement between Canada and United States allows poultry to be graded according to the grading standards of the importing country. The statement "The poultry covered by this certificate has been graded to meet the USDA grade specification" must appear at the bottom of the certificate for each shipment exported to United States.

For more information on exports of graded poultry to all countries, please refer to the Chapter 11 of the meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures.

7.2 Imports of Graded Processed Poultry

For imports requirements on graded processed poultry, please refer to Section 13 of Livestock and Poultry Carcass Grading Regulations, and Chapter 10 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures,

7.2.1 U.S. Graded Poultry Eligibility

The only grading system that has grade standards comparable to Canada grade standards is the U.S. Consumer Grades for poultry which includes the following grades:

  • USDA Grade A
  • USDA Grade B
  • USDA Grade C

Graded poultry bearing the grade designation Grade Utility or Grade C (Canner) may be imported from the U.S.A. if it is graded equivalent to the Canada Utility and Canada C grade requirements.

In addition to the marking requirements specified by the Livestock and Poultry Carcass Grading Regulations for imported poultry containers, each container shall be marked by one of the USDA inspection stamps to assure that the graded poultry was graded according to the laws of that country.

7.3 Inspection Stamps

7.3.1 Sample Stamp

These stamps are used to identify selected samples, which are part of the inspection, of all poultry products. It is to be applied to the left centre area of the main marking panel or other open area on the container.

Sample Stamp

The Sample Stamp includes a Maple Leaf logo with an "S" letter representing the word "Sample" and includes the number "0137186" as an example of the Export Certificate number, associated with the lot.

7.3.2 Maple Leaf Stamp

This stamp is to be applied on all outer containers, including selected samples, of eggs, egg product and poultry certified for export subsequent to passing inspection.

Maple Leaf Stamp

The Maple Leaf Stamp includes the number "0137186" as an example of the Export Certificate number, associated with the lot.

7.3.3 Octagonal Stamp

This stamp is used on all containers of imported poultry products, including selected samples that have on inspection been found to meet the import requirements.

Octagonal Stamp

The Octagonal Stamp includes the number "0365782" as an example of the Import Certificate number, associated with the lot.

The above stamps are to be applied neatly and legibly, and with the exception of the "Sample Stamp", to the top right hand corner of the outer container. Stamps are to be applied only by inspectors unless specific exemption has been given for plant personnel to apply the inspection stamps. Where plant personnel apply inspection stamps, it is to be done under the supervision of an inspector.

7.4 Code Numbers

The code number usually consists of seven (7) numbers as follow:

  • The first four (4) numbers represents the Establishment number where the inspection was performed; a "0" is added at the beginning of the Est. number to complete the series of 4 numbers (e.g. "0137" = Est. # 137);
  • The last three numbers represent the day of the year (e.g. January 1st = "001", January 31st = "031", July 5th = "186", etc....)

In the sample code number "0137186", the number "137" represents the establishment where the graded product was inspected. The number "186" represents the inspection was performed on July 5th.

On the Certificate of Inspection form, the code number is inserted in the upper right hand corner by the inspector upon issuance of these certificates.

The Certificate of Inspection form is signed by the inspector who performed the grading inspection.

These code numbers will be used both on the sample stamp and maple leaf stamp for the export load and on the octagonal stamp for the import product.

7.4.1 Day of Year Chart

This chart is to be used to determine the consecutive day of the year. For leap year, see the Leap Year Chart further below.

Day of Non-Leap Year Chart
Day of Month Day in Jan Day in Feb Day in Mar Day in Apr Day in May Day in June Day in July Day in Aug Day in Sept Day in Oct Day in Nov Day in Dec
1st 1 32 60 91 121 152 182 213 244 274 305 335
2nd 2 33 61 92 122 153 183 214 245 275 306 336
3rd 3 34 62 93 123 154 184 215 246 276 307 337
4th 4 35 63 94 124 155 185 216 247 277 308 338
5th 5 36 64 95 125 156 186 217 248 278 309 339
6th 6 37 65 96 126 157 187 218 249 279 310 340
7th 7 38 66 97 127 158 188 219 250 280 311 341
8th 8 39 67 98 128 159 189 220 251 281 312 342
9th 9 40 68 99 129 160 190 221 252 282 313 343
10th 10 41 69 100 130 161 191 222 253 283 314 344
11th 11 42 70 101 131 162 192 223 254 284 315 345
12th 12 43 71 102 132 163 193 224 255 285 316 346
13th 13 44 72 103 133 164 194 225 256 286 317 347
14th 14 45 73 104 134 165 195 226 257 287 318 348
15th 15 46 74 105 135 166 196 227 258 288 319 349
16th 16 47 75 106 136 167 197 228 259 289 320 350
17th 17 48 76 107 137 168 198 229 260 290 321 351
18th 18 49 77 108 138 169 199 230 261 291 322 352
19th 19 50 78 109 139 170 200 231 262 292 323 353
20th 20 51 79 110 140 171 201 232 263 293 324 354
21st 21 52 80 111 141 172 202 233 264 294 325 355
22nd 22 53 81 112 142 173 203 234 265 295 326 356
23rd 23 54 82 113 143 174 204 235 266 296 327 357
24th 24 55 83 114 144 175 205 236 267 297 328 358
25th 25 56 84 115 145 176 206 237 268 298 329 359
26th 26 57 85 116 146 177 207 238 269 299 330 360
27th 27 58 86 117 147 178 208 239 270 300 331 361
28th 28 59 87 118 148 179 209 240 271 301 332 362
29th 29 88 119 149 180 210 241 272 302 333 363
30th 30 89 120 150 181 211 242 273 303 334 364
31st 31 90 151 212 243 304 365

This chart is to be used to determine the consecutive day of the year for the leap year.

Day of Leap Year Chart
Day of Month Day in Jan Day in Feb Day in Mar Day in Apr Day in May Day in June Day in July Day in Aug Day in Sept Day in Oct Day in Nov Day in Dec
1st 1 32 61 92 122 153 183 214 245 275 306 336
2nd 2 33 62 93 123 154 184 215 246 276 307 337
3rd 3 34 63 94 124 155 185 216 247 277 308 338
4th 4 35 64 95 125 156 186 217 248 278 309 339
5th 5 36 65 96 126 157 187 218 249 279 310 340
6th 6 37 66 97 127 158 188 219 250 280 311 341
7th 7 38 67 98 128 159 189 220 251 281 312 342
8th 8 39 68 99 129 160 190 221 252 282 313 343
9th 9 40 69 100 130 161 191 222 253 283 314 344
10th 10 41 70 101 131 162 192 223 254 284 315 345
11th 11 42 71 102 132 163 193 224 255 285 316 346
12th 12 43 72 103 133 164 194 225 256 286 317 347
13th 13 44 73 104 134 165 195 226 257 287 318 348
14th 14 45 74 105 135 166 196 227 258 288 319 349
15th 15 46 75 106 136 167 197 228 259 289 320 350
16th 16 47 76 107 137 168 198 229 260 290 321 351
17th 17 48 77 108 138 169 199 230 261 291 322 352
18th 18 49 78 109 139 170 200 231 262 292 323 353
19th 19 50 79 110 140 171 201 232 263 293 324 354
20th 20 51 80 111 141 172 202 233 264 294 325 355
21st 21 52 81 112 142 173 203 234 265 295 326 356
22nd 22 53 82 113 143 174 204 235 266 296 327 357
23rd 23 54 83 114 144 175 205 236 267 297 328 358
24th 24 55 84 115 145 176 206 237 268 298 329 359
25th 25 56 85 116 146 177 207 238 269 299 330 360
26th 26 57 86 117 147 178 208 239 270 300 331 361
27th 27 58 87 118 148 179 209 240 271 301 332 362
28th 28 59 88 119 149 180 210 241 272 302 333 363
29th 29 60 89 120 150 181 211 242 273 303 334 364
30th 30 90 121 151 182 212 243 274 304 335 365
31st 31 91 152 213 243 305 366
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