Certification Requirements for the Importation of Pet Food into
Trinidad and Tobago from the United States
The following certification statements, as applicable, are required on a
VS Form 16-4 to export pet food to Trinidad and Tobago. The facility must either
be participating in the European Union program (and thus annually inspected by
APHIS Veterinary Services), or otherwise be inspected annually by APHIS
Veterinary Services to verify certification requirements. Please note that if
statement #11 (regarding tallow) is applicable, lab results must be provided.
1. The producing plant has been approved by the United States Department of
Agriculture under APHIS Veterinary Services as a producer of pet food for
export, and is supervised by an official or accredited veterinarian.
2. The pet food meets the requirements of the United States for local use.
3. The United States is free of foot-and-mouth disease.
4. The animals used in the production of the food were presented for examination at
slaughter and evaluated favorably for inclusion in pet food, and were slaughtered
under standards existing for pet food in the United States or the State of origin of
5. Select a or b below, as appropriate:
a. Raw materials of animal origin are of local origin (excluding fish) and no
imported meat and no ovine ingredients (imported or domestic) have been
included in the said product.
b. Raw materials of animal origin are of local origin (excluding fish) and no
imported meat has been included in the said product except for __________
(species/ingredient) legally imported from __________(country(ies) of
origin). Any ovine ingredients contained in the product are derived from
animals born, reared, and slaughtered in Australia/New Zealand.
6. The raw materials have been manufactured and packaged in compliance with
approved manufacturing practices, in the country of export, designed to produce a
product free from pathogenic microorganisms.
7. Any meat from cattle comes from animal