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JBS Plant to Export to US Again

16 October 2012

ARGENTINA - JBS's manufacturing business for refrigerated cooked meats in Argentina is to be able to export to the US following changes to its biosecurity and health systems to meet equivalence standards with the US.

The US Food Safety and Inspection Service had identified three critical points that the Argentine company had to achieve to meet the equivalence standards.

FSIS had found ivermectin residues, the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and deficiencies in the company's thermal processing system.

For the presence of ivermectin, the National Health and Quality Agency (SENASA) established the requirement that the animals come from establishments registered to ensure traceability with producer signed proof of the withdrawal period and a final analytical test to verify safety of the raw material.

For Listeria monocytogenes, improvements were made to the plant to ensure hygiene and to minimise the presence of the bacteria.

An improved production process for heat-processed meat was introduced and new regulations applied, in accordance with the US requirements.

SENASA had decided to remove the JBS plant(formerly Swift) from the list authorised to export to the United States, after checking breaches in the system of equivalence.

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