SPS: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues
|Title||UNITED STATES - Rules for import of dairy products into USA|
|Creation Date||20 Feb 2008|
|Last update/check||19 Mar 2014|
|Sector||Agriculture and Fisheries|
|SPS measure||Non-transparent legislation|
|Country||United States of America|
|Description of the measure||
Grade A milk products (pasteurised products) must come from establishments on a list of Inter State Milk Shipments (IMS). To be imported into the USA, three options are available:
Option 1 - the exporting establishment must enter into a contract with a State, which must treat the exporting establishment as though it falls under its jurisdiction, and meet relevant US rules.
Option 2 - the exporting country must adopt and apply US rules.
Option 3 - the exporting countries rules must be recognised as equivalent to those of USA.
|Barrier Status||Monitoring solution|
The issue has been repeatedly brought to the attention of the USA-Food and Drug Administration (FDA), by the European Commission, but to date only 2 European companies (from Greece and Spain) have been approved under "option 1" to export to the USA.
Discussions with FDA resumed again in January 2014 with the goal to recognise equivalence of EU legislation and enforcement measures with the US rules laid down in the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance.