Imports of freeze-dried egg products and egg substitutes now subject to FSIS inspection

The import of freeze-dried egg products and egg substitutes have historically been regulated under the Food and Drug administration (FDA), but have recently moved under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Egg Products include products that contain any dried, frozen, or liquid eggs, except for products that contain eggs in only a relatively small proportion. FSIS’ full definition of “egg product” may be found here. An Egg Substitute consists of egg whites, artificial color, and other non-egg additives that have the equivalent nutrition of an egg product. Egg substitutes should not be confused with imitation eggs.

An Import Inspection Application (FSIS Form 9540-1) or its electronic equivalent must be presented to FSIS upon importation into the United States of freeze-dried egg products and egg substitutes.

Please refer to FSIS Import Guidance to help answer any questions.