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USDA Reviewing Info Collections on Export Health, Korea Imports, Citrus

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting public comments through Aug. 23 on the proposed extension of the following information collections.

- Export Health Certificate for Animal Products (form VS 16-4): Many countries that import animal products from the U.S. require a certification from APHIS that the U.S. is free of certain diseases. These countries may also require that the certification statement contain additional declarations regarding the animal products being exported. This certification must carry the USDA seal and be endorsed by an APHIS representative.

- Importation of shepherd’s purse from Korea: As a condition of entry, fresh shepherd’s purse must be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for importation of commercial consignments, pest-free place of production, and inspection for quarantine pests by the national plan protection organization of Korea. These conditions involve certain information collection activities, including sampling, issuance of a phytosanitary certificate, recordkeeping and production site registration.

- Untreated Oranges, Tangerines and Grapefruit from Mexico Transiting the U.S. to Foreign Countries: The conditions under which such movement is allowed involve the use of an information collection that includes PPQ form 586, Application for Permit to Transit Plants and/or Plant Products, Plant Pests and/or Associated Soil Through the United States.

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