ItOV o'j 4 2003
Ms. ShashiSareen '
Export Council of India
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
3rdFloor NDYMCA Cultural Centre Building,
1 Jai Singh Road, New Delhi - 110001
Dear Ms. Sareen:
This responds to your inquiry about the export of Indian meat and poultry products to the United States.
Before India can export meat and poultry products to the United States, its export inspection system for
meat and poultry products must undergo a rigorous and sometimes lengthy review to determine whether
it is equivalent to the U.S. domestic system of inspection. We appreciate this opportunity to work
collegially with you to expedite the review of India's meat and poultry inspection system.
Enclosed are copies of five questionnaires
that India must complete and submit to the
Food Safety and Inspection Service (PSIS) for a determination of initial equivalence to
export meat and poultry products to the United States. For your infonnation and
convenience, we have completed one set of these questionnaires with answers that apply
to the U.S. domestic system. The five questionnaires and other supporting documentation
are contained on the enclosed CD-ROM. We hope that the U.S. answers will assist you
in completing your questionnaires and give you a.better understanding of the U.S.
domestic inspection system.
General Requirements for Initial Equivalence
The initial determination of equivalence by FSIS will begin with a review of your responses to the five
enclosed questionnaires. Please provide citations to relevant laws and regulations for answers to each
question. In addition, please submit copies of the pertinent laws, regulations, and administrative
instructions that govern your inspection system for exported meat and poultry products.
To assist your government in its response to the enclosed questionnaires, we are enclosing a copy of
Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Chapter I, (January 2003). These regulations,