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USDA Reviewing Information Collections on Imports of Beef, Pork, and Fruit

Thursday, June 01, 2017
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through June 30 on the information collections associated with the following.

Pork and pork products. APHIS collects information to ensure regulatory compliance for mitigation of classical swine fever from imports of swine, pork, and pork products from Mexico, Chile, and Mexico. One requirement is the completion of a certificate issued by a salaried veterinary officer of the exporting government that must accompany such shipments. Other requirements are a compliance agreement required by the operator of the processing establishment located in a non-CSF-free region that processes pork products from CSF-free regions and a cooperative service agreement required by the processing establishment located in a non-CSF-free region that produces pork products from a CSF-free region.

Citrus. USDA regulations allow the importation of clementines, mandarins, and tangerines from Chile under certain conditions. Such imports must be accompanied by a phytosanitary inspection certificate completed by plant health officials in the originating or transiting country. APHIS uses the information on this certificate to determine the pest condition of the shipment at the time of inspection in the foreign country, which is used as a guide to the intensity of the inspection APHIS must conduct when the shipment arrives.

Beef. Imports of beef and ovine meat from Uruguay and fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from northern Argentina and specific regions in Brazil must be accompanied by a foreign meat inspection certificate completed and signed by an authorized veterinary official of the government of Uruguay, Argentina, or Brazil.

Fruit. USDA regulations allow the importation of commercial consignments of jackfruit, pineapple, and starfruit from Malaysia under certain conditions, which include requirements for irradiation treatment for insect pests, inspection, and importation of commercial consignments. The fruit must also be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Malaysia with a commodity-specific additional declaration confirming that the fruit has been produced in accordance with the requirements.

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