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USDA Reviewing Info Collections on Imports of Tomatoes, Animals and Animal Products

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is requesting comments no later than May 29 on the proposed extension of information collections associated with the importation of animals and poultry, animal and poultry products, certain animal embryos, semen and zoological animals. APHIS collects information from foreign animal health authorities; U.S. importers; foreign exporters; veterinarians and animal health technicians in other countries; state animal health authorities; shippers; owners and operators of foreign processing plants and farms; USDA-approved zoos, laboratories and feedlots; private quarantine facilities; and other entities involved (directly or indirectly) in the importation of such animals or products. This information includes such data as the last reported outbreak of a given animal disease in the region, the names of the exporter and importer of the animal commodities, the origins of the animals or animal products to be imported, the health status of the animals or the processing methods used to produce animal products to be imported, the destination of delivery in the United States, and whether the animals or animal products were temporarily offloaded in another country during transit to the U.S.

APHIS is also seeking input through May 29 on the proposed extension of information collections associated with the importation of tomatoes with stems from South Korea. These collections include registered pest-exclusionary structures, monthly inspections of pest-exclusionary structures, records of trap placement, and phytosanitary certificates with additional declarations stating that the tomatoes were produced in accordance with the regulations.

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