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Lists of Foreign Regions Affected by Animal Diseases, States Approved to Receive Horses Moved to Web

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective Feb. 10, will remove the lists of regions classified with respect to certain animal diseases and pests from the animal and animal product import regulations and instead post them to its Web site. APHIS is also moving to its Web site the lists of states approved to receive horses imported from foreign regions where APHIS considers contagious equine metritis to exist. Neither the technical criteria for evaluating whether a foreign region should be added to or removed from a list, nor the criteria for approving a state to import horses, are being changed. Because these lists will no longer be in the regulations, changing them will no longer require rulemaking, thus allowing APHIS to more quickly recognize changes in the disease or pest status of foreign regions and approve states to receive horses from foreign regions where CEM exists.

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