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APHIS Updates IREGS for Japan

  • By: NEGFA
  • On: 08/19/2019 15:41:11
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The Japanese market is now open for certain niche market pet food/treats NOT produced through extrusion or retort processing. However, the product must be produced from no animal origin ingredients [exception fish and/or dairy and/or powdered egg] other than pork or a combination of pork and poultry.  This update excludes Pet Treats and Chews Made from only (1) “External” Tissues of Pigs/Equines/Bovines/Caprines/Ovines such as Hide, Ears, Snouts, and Hooves or (2) Bones of Pigs/Equines. No certification is required for most pet foods and treats to Japan -- as long as they are produced through retort processing or extrusion.
This is to update you regarding the opening of the Japanese market to certain niche market pet food/treats not produced through extrusion or retort processing – but produced from no animal origin ingredients other than pork or pork and poultry (plus potentially egg powder, fish, and dairy).  As you will recall no certification is required for most pet foods and treats to Japan- as long as they are produced through retort processing or extrusion. 

The information below does not effect exporters of the typical pet foods and treats produced through extrusion or retort processing.  It does affect exporters of certain other products produced through methods such as baking (without extrusion) or freeze drying (freeze dried products must also be subjected to heat treatment to be eligible under the new pre-inspection packages and IREGS).

Updated/New IREGS:
 
The following IREGS on the Japan pet food IREG page have been updated or are new (all except the one dated May 2017):
General summary -  August 2019 (pdf 284kb)
Porcine-origin pet food and treats that are NOT extruded or retort processed, and that do contain poultry and no other animal-origin ingredients other than fish and/or dairy and/or powdered egg Poultry-origin pet food and treats that are NOT extruded or retort processed, and that do contain poultry and no other animal-origin ingredients other than fish and/or dairy and/or powdered egg Poultry-and porcine origin (contains both poultry and porcine ingredients) pet food and treats that are NOT extruded or retort processed, and that do contain poultry and no other animal-origin ingredients other than fish and/or dairy and/or powdered egg [excludes Pet Treats and Chews Made from only (1) “External” Tissues of Pigs/Equines/Bovines/Caprines/Ovines such as Hide, Ears, Snouts, and Hooves or (2) Bones of Pigs/Equines] Changes in:  General summary -  August 2019 (pdf 284kb):
Section V (poultry-other products):
  • The only change is to note that exporters must be listed in the internal VS database of “approvals” maintained by Riverdale for the relevant activity.  APHIS has posted new pre-inspection packages for these purposes- covered later in this message.
  • Transition period for facilities previously approved (within last 14 months) under “local” inspections: Facilities with a current “local” inspection done prior to August 14, 2019, may continue to export those poultry (other) under that approval until the approval expires.  (at most 14 months after their LVID).  When they renew, or if they wish to amend to add porcine products to the approval, they should be inspected with the relevant pre-inspection package.  These facilities won't be notified to Japan until they are approved under the pre-inspection package, but at this time Japan is not believed to require that these facilities be notified (unless they are adding pork to the materials for export).
Section VI (porcine-other products):
  • This is a new section referring to a new certificate/protocol and new pre-inspection package process for those who wish to export porcine origin pet food that is not produced through extrusion or retort processing.
  • This section and the related new pre-inspection package does not cover products produced through extrusion or retort processing, it also does not cover products covered in Section II [Pet Treats and Chews Made from only (1) “External” Tissues of Pigs/Equines/Bovines/Caprines/Ovines such as Hide, Ears, Snouts, and Hooves or (2) Bones of Pigs/Equines]
  • Prior to exporting these materials a facility must be approved under the relevant pre-inspection package below, noted in the internal VS database by Riverdale, and notified to Japanese animal health authorities by Riverdale.
Section VII (“other” products containing both porcine and porcine materials):
  • This section is a combination of Section V and VI and refers to a combination certificate (included later in the IREGS) for combination products containing both porcine and poultry ingredients, but not produced through extrusion or retort processing.
 
 
New IREGS:
 
The following individual links refer to the exports described in Section VI and VII above:
 
Porcine-origin pet food and treats that are NOT extruded or retort processed, and that do contain poultry and no other animal-origin ingredients other than fish and/or dairy and/or powdered egg Poultry-and porcine origin (contains both poultry and porcine ingredients) pet food and treats that are NOT extruded or retort processed, and that do contain poultry and no other animal-origin ingredients other than fish and/or dairy and/or powdered egg [excludes Pet Treats and Chews Made from only (1) “External” Tissues of Pigs/Equines/Bovines/Caprines/Ovines such as Hide, Ears, Snouts, and Hooves or (2) Bones of Pigs/Equines] Background:
Years ago, APHIS entered into a protocol with Japan for poultry origin (other) products. Later APHIS was urged to come to a similar protocol for materials derived from other species. APHIS successfully negotiated a protocol for the ‘Porcine (other)' and for products containing both porcine and poultry [basically a combination of the poultry (other) and the porcine (other)]. These protocols had to have a requirement for APHIS to maintain lists of the approved facilities exporting to Japan, and because APHIS did not want to set that precedent, APHIS waited to implement the protocols until they could confirm someone was interested in exporting the covered.  That happened recently and therefore, AHPIS has now updated the IREGS to include the new protocols, and implemented a system to allow APHIS to list these facilities to Japan.

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