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USDA Information Collections on Seeds, Vegetables, End-Use Certificates Under Review

Thursday, January 05, 2012
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is requesting comments no later than Feb. 27 on the proposed extension of information collections associated with regulations for the importation of the following products.

• Small lots of seed – these regulations allow such imports under an import permit with specific conditions, including seed packet labeling, as an alternative to a phytosanitary certificate requirement

• Baby corn and baby carrots from Zambia – under these regulations, these products are subject to certain conditions before entering the United States, including inspection at the port of first arrival and the use of a phytosanitary certificate stating that the commodity was inspected and found free of certain plant pests

APHIS is also seeking comments by Feb. 27 on the extension of an information collection that supports the End-Use Certificate Program. Importers, buyers and end-users provide information that assists in tracking Canadian wheat within the U.S. marketing system and ensure that it does not benefit from international food assistance programs.

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