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USDA Mulling New Processed Egg Program Info Collection, Reviewing Collection on Live Fish Imports

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Processed Egg Verification Program. The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has announced its intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget for a new information collection for the processed egg and egg products verification program, a voluntary export verification program that aids domestic food manufacturers in exporting processed food products containing egg to other countries. Once the verification service is performed, the respondent is provided documentation in the form of an export certificate that its product meets export requirements.

AMS must gather information from the respondent in order to complete the export certificate, including name and address of product manufacturer; exporter and importer information; country of destination; point of entry; product origin (state and/or county); place of loading; means of transport; dates of pack; type of packing material; name(s) of product(s); number of package(s); net weight; and any other import information requested by the importing country.

Comments on this action may be submitted by Jan. 23.

Live Fish Import Restrictions. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Jan. 23 on the proposed extension of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of live fish, fertilized eggs and gametes to prevent the introduction of spring viremia of carp into the U.S.

In accordance with the regulations, APHIS restricts the importation of live fish, fertilized eggs and gametes of SVC-susceptible species as well as the importation of diagnostic specimens or research materials containing viable SVC virus. The regulations involve various information collection activities, including a fish import permit application, application for import or in-transit permit, diagnostic specimen import application, refusal of entry and order to dispose of fish, health certificate, cleaning and disinfection certificate, recordkeeping, and 72-hour notification to APHIS before arrival of a shipment in the U.S.

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