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USDA Information Collections on Poultry, Farm Equipment Imports Under Review

Friday, November 11, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service is requesting comments no later than Dec. 12 on the following information collections.

• Importation of Poultry Meat and Other Poultry Products from Sinaloa and Sonora, Mexico – APHIS currently has regulations in place that restrict the importation of poultry meat and other poultry products from Mexico due to the presence of exotic Newcastle disease. However, APHIS does allow the importation of poultry meat and poultry products from the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Sonora because it poses a negligible risk of introducing END into the United States. To ensure that these items are safe for importation, APHIS requires that certain data appear on the foreign meat inspection certificate that accompanies the poultry meat and other poultry products. APHIS also requires that serial numbered seals be applied to containers carrying these items.

• Foot-and-Mouth Disease; Prohibition on Importation of Farm Equipment – APHIS regulations prohibit the importation of used farm equipment from regions in which foot-and-mouth disease or rinderpest exist unless the equipment has been steam-cleaned prior to export to the U.S. so that it is free of exposed dirt and other particulate matter. APHIS collects information through a certification statement completed by the farm equipment exporter and signed by an authorized official of the national animal health service of the region of origin stating that the steam-cleaning of the equipment has been done.

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