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United States meat and poultry certificate for wholesomeness

New certification process for the import of meat and poultry products from the U.S.

Starting June 13, 2022, the United States Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will onboard the CFIA into the Public Health Information System (PHIS) and all certificates for meat and poultry products imported into Canada from the United States will be digitally signed.

The official meat inspection certificates (OMICs) from the United States (U.S.) to Canada are generated through the Public Health Information System (PHIS). The look and feel of the new OMICs is different from the old export certificates (9135-3) received from the U.S.

Important features of the new certificates from the U.S.:

The table below a provides comparison between the previous U.S. OMICs (before June 13, 2022) for Canada and the PHIS generated OMICs (as of June 13, 2022) when they will be generated through the USDA FSIS Public Health Information System (PHIS)
Data element OMIC before June 13, 2022 PHIS generated OMIC as of June 13, 2022

Certificate title and number

Certificate for Export of Meat and Poultry Products – FSIS Form 9135-3

New

  • Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness – FSIS Form 9060-5
  • Meat, Poultry and Egg Products Export Certificate of Wholesomeness Continuation Sheet – FSIS Form 9060-5A
  • Meat, Poultry and Egg Products Export Certificate of Wholesomeness Continuation Sheet – FSIS Form 9060-5B
  • Fish and Fish Products Export Certificate of Wholesomeness (for Siluriformes fish) – FSIS Form 9060-5S

OMICs for natural casings

Official Meat Inspection Certificate for natural intestinal casings from the United States (FSIS form 9060-7)

Official Meat Inspection Certificate for natural intestinal casings of foreign origin, imported into Canada from the United States (FSIS form 9060-18)

No change

The current FSIS forms 9060-7 and 9060-18 and the corresponding letterheads for natural bovine, porcine and ovine casings will continue to be used with no change. These certificates will not be generated through the PHIS

Certificate number

Prefix followed by 6 digits number

For example:

US-CA-2022-111111

Example of U.S. export mark (used as shipping mark) associated to the certificate no. US-CA-2022-111111:

USDA
Certificate no. 111111
Approved for export

USDA: Certificate no. 111111, Approved for export

New

The certificate number will not be preceded by any prefixes. Certificate number on 9060-5 is captured on USDA export mark, which is applied to each container

The 7-digit certificate numbering system in PHIS is continuous and will not change or include a new version each year

Example of U.S. export mark (used as shipping mark) associated to the certificate no. 1234567:

USDA
Certificate no. 1234567
Approved for export

USDA: Certificate no. 1234567, Approved for export

ISO code

Part of certificate number

New

Captured separately in Box number 2

It will be a 2 letter ISO code

Identifying whether certificate is new or a replacement

Not clearly identified unless it is replacement

New

Box number 6 identifies if certificate is original or a replacement

The replacement statement, will be captured in the remarks section

Country of destination

Not captured

New

Captured in Box number 1

Consignor

Captured as Consignor

New

Captured as Consignor/Exporter in Box number 3

Total Net weight

Not captured

New

Captured in Box number 8

Total number of packages

Not captured

New

Captured in Box number 9

Consignee/Importer

Captured as Consignee/Importer along with SFC licence number

New

Captured as Consignee/ Importer in Box number 4

SFC licence number will be captured in 9060-5 remarks section or 9060-5B continuation sheet and not in Box number 4 irrespective of the fact the consignee has Canadian or U.S. address

When the consignee has a U.S. address the information in that case will be displayed as:

Consignee / Importer (Name/Address)
Address
City, State, USA

Canada

(will have Canada at the end of the U.S. address)

Country of origin, Port of loading, Destination and Means of transport

Captured in various boxes

New

When country of origin differs from U.S. the country of origin and establishment name and number will be captured in Box number 17, in Remarks or on the continuation sheet (9060-5B). Means of transport and port of loading will not be included

Export establishment

Captured as export establishment (establishment number)

New

Captured as export establishment number (name and address) in Box number 7

Shipping/Identification marks

Captured as Shipping marks

New

The Box number 15 may either be left blank or include a shipping/identification mark (for example, an alphanumeric sequence) used by the exporter). FSIS does not require a specific format

FSIS does not require shipping marks but does require each container to be marked with the USDA export mark, which reflects the 7-digit certificate number

Number / kind of packages

Captured as Number / kind of packages

New

Captured as Number of packages in lot and Type of packages in lot

Lot – one certified product type per line

Product description

Captured as Product description/ Species / Label approval number

New

Captured as Description of product (Name of the product)

Species captured separately in Box number 12

Establishment number on the product

Captured as Est/ Plant number on product

New

Captured as Est. no. on product in Box number 16

Seal number

Captured as USDA seal number(s) if applicable

New

If an official USDA seal no. is required, it would be captured in remarks section on 9060-5 or on 9060-5B (continuation sheet)

Remarks

Any other required information, not captured elsewhere. All establishments involved in the production of exported product must be captured in remarks section if not captured in a dedicated box

New

Any other required information, not captured elsewhere. All establishments involved in the production of exported product must be captured in remarks section on 9060-5 or on 9060-5B (continuation sheet) if not captured in dedicated box

Certification statements

Food safety and animal health statements

No change

Food safety and animal health statements

These will be present in remarks section on 9060-5 and/or on 9060-5B (continuation sheet)

These statements will continue to be signed by a veterinarian or an inspector as being currently done

Certifying official

Name and wet signatures

New

Digital signature (present on printed version and PDF in PHIS), including FSIS District of issuance

No wet signatures

All approved PHIS export certificates for Canada will be printed on standard white copy paper (8.5" x 11")

Letter heads

Various letter heads accompany the OMIC depending upon the type of the product

New

No letter heads to accompany 9060-5, 9060-5A, 9060-5B and 9060-5S (for Siluriformes fish)

The required statements will be in the remarks section of FSIS Form 9060-5 and/or FSIS Form 9060-5B

Watermark

No watermark present

New

The OMICs will have the following watermark across the certificate:

Approved Certificate – Available for validation in PHIS

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