USDA Finalizes Import Restrictions on Birds and Poultry from Regions with Bird Flu
Effective Dec. 1, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has adopted as a final rule, with changes, an interim rule that prohibits or restricts the importation of live birds and poultry (including hatching eggs) and bird and poultry products from regions where any subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza is considered to exist. The interim rule also added restrictions on the importation of live birds and poultry that have been moved through regions where HPAI is considered to exist or that have been vaccinated for certain types of avian influenza.
APHIS states that the final rule amends the interim rule to allow the importation of live zoological birds and poultry that have been vaccinated for avian influenza as part of an official program and under specific conditions and to allow the importation of HPAI-resistant pigeons, doves and other Columbiform species under certain conditions from regions where HPAI is considered to exist.
Finally, this rule adds Bhutan to the list of regions in which HPAI is considered to exist.