Dec. 1., 2017 - Getting approval for APHIS-Veterinary Service (VS) personnel to conduct facility inspections on behalf of Taiwan regulatory authorities, to approve U.S. production facilities to export bulk porcine-origin and poultry-origin animal feed ingredients to Taiwan, has been a long-term goal for APHIS. These ingredients are used to manufacture dog and cat food as well as animal feeds.
A significant step forward on this issue occurred when APHIS hosted Taiwan auditors from the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) to conduct a systems approach audit of U.S. facilities from October 28 through November 10, 2017. APHIS-Taipei’s Yen-Chi Chen participated in the two week POVP/PouOVP audit along with VS and BAPHIQ counterparts. The team audited eight rendering plants located in six states. These plants produced porcine meals, poultry meals, and non-ruminant animal digests for use in animal feed and pet food.
The audit also included a visit to a New Orleans laboratory to learn about confirmatory testing methods used to verify animal species in rendered products. The BAPHIQ auditors also used this audit as an opportunity to learn more about U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) specifically with regard to preventive controls and how FSMA implementation would affect U.S. rendering plants. It is anticipated that BAPHIQ’s final audit report will be provided to APHIS in February 2018.
Once implemented POVP/PouOVP will allow APHIS inspectors to conduct facility inspections on BAPHIQ’s behalf. Taiwan is an important export market for U.S.-origin pet food and finished animal feed products containing animal-origin proteins. Exports totaled $62.8 million in calendar year (CY) 2016. APHIS authority to approve U.S. facilities to export to Taiwan on BAPHIQ’s behalf will further facilitate this important trade.