APHIS Reviewing Info Collections Related to the Importation of Various Products
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is requesting comments by March 2 on the proposed extension of the following two information collections.
Importation of Tomatoes from the Souss-Massa-Draa Region of Morocco: U.S. regulations allow tomatoes from the Souss-Massa-Draa region of Morocco to be imported into the U.S. subject to certain conditions that will protect the tomatoes from infestation by the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly). Among other things, the regulations include requirements for pest-exclusionary structures, fruit fly trapping for production sites, and pest-exclusionary packing procedures. In addition, the tomatoes must be pink at the time of packing. Allowing tomatoes to be imported in accordance with the regulations necessitates the use of certain information collection activities, including a phytosanitary certificate with a declaration, production site registration, and maintenance of records of trap placement, trap maintenance and any Medfly captures.
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy - Importation of Animals and Animal Products: To help ensure that BSE is not introduced into the U.S., the regulations place specified conditions on the importation of certain live ruminants and ruminant products and by-products. These requirements necessitate the use of several information collection activities, including Veterinary Services Form 16-3, permit application; certification statements for the importation of ruminants and ruminant products; certificate for inedible processed animal origin materials and products from BSE-free regions; cooperative service agreements with foreign facilities that process and store regulated materials and products destined for importation into the United States; VS Form 17-33, Animals Imported for Immediate Slaughter; the placing of seals on conveyances from the exporting region; agreement with slaughter facilities on use of seals on conveyances transporting animals from BSE minimal-risk regions; notification regarding conditions of sealed shipments; and notification of designated individuals authorized to break seals.
In addition to the above information collection activities, APHIS is adding VS Form 17-130, Ruminants Imported to Designated/Approved Feedlots; and VS Form 1-27, Permit for Movement of Restricted Animals.