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USDA Reviewing Information Collections on Imports of Poultry, Pitaya Fruit

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through March 27 on information collections associated with the following.

Poultry. APHIS currently has regulations in place that restrict imports of poultry meat and other poultry products from Mexico due to the presence of Newcastle disease in that country, but imports from the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Sonora are allowed because APHIS has determined that they pose a negligible risk of introducing Newcastle disease 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 these products. APHIS also requires that serial numbered seals be applied to containers carrying these products.

APHIS collects information to certify that the poultry meat or other poultry products were (1) derived from poultry born and raised in commercial breeding establishments in Sinaloa and Sonora, (2) derived from poultry that were slaughtered in Sinaloa or Sonora in a federally-inspected slaughter plant approved to export these commodities to the U.S., (3) processed at a federally inspected processing plant in Sinaloa or Sonora, and (4) kept out of contact with poultry from any other state within Mexico.

Pitaya. APHIS allows the importation of fresh pitaya fruit from Central America into the continental U.S. and uses the following activities to collect information on such imports: production site certification, review and maintain documents, registration of packinghouses, bilateral workplan, records of fruit fly detections and update records, shipping documents identifying the places of production, phytosanitary certificate with additional declaration, production site registration and box markings.

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