Import/Export Information Collection on Poultry and Eggs Under Review
The Department of Agriculture is proposing to extend without change an information collection associated with the importation of table eggs from regions where Newcastle disease exists and exportation of poultry and hatching eggs. Comments are due by Nov. 12.
USDA regulations in 9 CFR parts 93 and 94 govern the importation of carcasses, meat, parts or products of carcasses, and eggs (other than hatching eggs) of poultry, game birds, and other birds to prevent the introduction of ND and highly pathogenic avian influenza into the U.S. These regulations include requirements for the importation of table eggs from regions where ND and HPAI exist, including Mexico, and these requirements involve information collection activities that include a certificate for table eggs from ND- and HPAI-affected regions and a government seal issued by the veterinarian accredited by the national government who signed the certificate.
For the export of poultry and hatching eggs to other countries, there are specific requirements, including certification that the products are free of diseases, along with a USDA seal and endorsement by an authorized Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service veterinarian. In addition, owners and exporters of poultry and hatching eggs must provide health and identification information via a certificate for poultry and hatching eggs.