USDA Clarifies Rule Easing Restrictions on Poultry Imports from EU
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a technical amendment to a March 2013 final rule establishing requirements for the importation of live birds and poultry, and poultry meat and products, from the 25 European Union member countries recognized as the EU poultry trade region. APHIS states that this rule makes the following clarifications.
- The importation of birds, poultry, and poultry meat and products from affected countries that conduct trade in poultry and poultry products with other regions that APHIS recognizes as being free of Newcastle disease and highly pathogenic avian influenza is allowed. The regulations continue to require that such products not be commingled prior to export to the United States with live birds and poultry, or poultry meat and products, from regions where Newcastle disease or HPAI are considered to exist. Additionally, such products imported from affected countries must be accompanied by a certificate indicating the zone of origin within that region.
- The import requirements for cooked poultry meat and products from the affected countries are equivalent with those APHIS applies to other regions whenever an outbreak of Newcastle disease or highly pathogenic avian influenza occurs in those regions. As a result, poultry meat and products are allowed to be imported from the affected countries if accompanied by a certificate specifying that the articles were cooked and processed in accordance with the regulations.