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USDA Reviewing U.S. Origin Health Certificate for Animals and Animal Products

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through March 18 on the proposed extension of an information collection associated with U.S. exports of animals and animal products.

Most countries require a certification that U.S. animals are free from specific diseases and show no clinical evidence of disease. This certification must carry the USDA seal and be endorsed by an APHIS veterinarian, APHIS-accredited veterinarian or state veterinarian. VS Forms 17-140/17-140A-B (U.S. Origin Health Certificate/Continuation Sheet) and VS Form 17-145 (U.S. Origin Health Certificate for the Export of Horses from the United States to Canada) are used to meet these certification requirements.

In addition, the export of animals and animal products from the U.S. may involve other information collection activities, including environmental certification for export facilities, notarized statements, documentation of undue hardship for animals departing from a specific export location, requests regarding approval or withdrawal of approval of export facilities, and recordkeeping for modification of rail stanchions on vessels.

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