USDA Clarifies Import Restrictions on Table Eggs from Regions with Bird Flu
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has amended a Dec. 1, 2014, final rule concerning the importation of live birds and poultry (including hatching eggs) and bird and poultry products from regions where any subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza is considered to exist. This amendment clarifies that table eggs from regions considered to have HPAI may only be imported under APHIS permit for scientific, educational or research purposes to approved establishments and only if APHIS has determined that the importation can be made under conditions that will prevent the introduction of HPAI into the U.S.
APHIS is also clarifying a statement made in the preamble to the final rule regarding the requirements for importing table eggs from HPAI regions. APHIS now states that table eggs moved to approved establishments for breaking and pasteurization do not require an APHIS permit for importation and may be moved from the port of arrival, under USDA seal, to an approved establishment for breaking and pasteurization.