USDA Reviewing Information Collection on Imports of Birds and Poultry
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Oct. 8 on the proposed revision and extension of an information collection associated with the regulations to prevent the introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza and Newcastle disease through the importation of birds, poultry, and unprocessed bird and poultry products.
APHIS’ regulations prohibit or restrict the importation of unprocessed bird and poultry products and byproducts from regions that have reported the presence of HPAI or Newcastle disease and restrict the importation of live poultry and birds that have been vaccinated for certain types of avian influenza or have moved through or originate from regions where HPAI or Newcastle disease is considered to exist. These regulations require the use of a number of information collection activities, including VS form 16-3, Application For Permit To Import or Transport Controlled Materials or Organisms or Vectors; VS form 16-6A, Permit for Importation and Transportation of Controlled Materials and Organisms and Vectors; VS form 16-25, Application for Approval or Report of Inspection Establishment Handling Restricted Animal Byproducts or Controlled Materials; VS form 16-26, Agreement for Handling Restricted Imports of Animal By-Products and Controlled Materials; VS form 16-78, Report of Entry, Shipment of Restricted Imported Animal Products and Animal By-Products, and Other Material; and VS form 17-129, Application for Import or in Transit Permit (Animals, Animal Semen, Animal Embryos, Birds, Poultry and Hatching Eggs). Other requirements include the application of seals and agreements, notarized declaration or affirmation, notification of signs of disease in a recently imported bird, cooperative service agreements, and recordkeeping by processing establishments.