Info Collections on Imports of Pork-Filled Pasta, Shelled Peas under Review
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Jan. 23 on the proposed extension of information collections associated with the regulations for the importation of pork-filled pasta from all sources and shelled peas from Kenya.
Pork-Filled Pasta. A certificate must be completed and signed by the issuing official. It contains such information as the origin of the meat used in the product, the name and location of the facility that processed the product, and the product’s intended destination. APHIS regulations contain specific requirement for the processing, recordkeeping, and certification procedures for pork-filled pasta products exported to the U.S. from swine vesicular disease-affected regions. Without the information, it would significantly cripple APHIS’ ability to ensure that pork-filled pasta from certain regions poses a minimal risk of introducing SVD into the U.S.
Shelled Peas from Kenya. APHIS requires that some plants or plant products be accompanied by a phytosanitary inspection certificate that is completed by plant health officials in the originating or transiting country. APHIS uses the information on the certificate to determine the pest condition of the shipment at the time of inspection in the foreign country. This information is used as a guide to the intensity of the inspection APHIS conducts when the shipment arrives. Without the information, all shipments would need to be inspected very thoroughly, thereby requiring considerably more time. This would slow the clearance of international shipments.