What does it mean when FBS is labelled as USDA Grade or European (EU) Grade?

USDA Grade FBS is FBS of non U.S.A. origin that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) considers to be acceptable for importation in the US.A. These countries are defined as being free of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and foot and mouth disease (FMD). Countries include New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and other Central American countries. With the exception of New Zealand (which can be imported without additional testing), serum must first be quarantined on importation prior to samples being tested at USDA facilities to ensure freedom from Bluetongue virus and, in the case of Australian serum, Akabane virus.

EU Grade FBS is FBS of South American origin that is permitted for importation into the EU under Commission Regulation (EU) No 142/2011. This material is also permitted to be imported into certain countries in Asia. EU Grade is currently not permitted to be imported into the U.S.A.

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