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Imports, Origin Labeling, China Among Topics of Upcoming USDA Rules

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

A new rule on imports of plants for planting and the finalization of regulations on country of origin labeling for venison are among the topics of proposed and final regulations set forth in the Department of Agriculture’s most recent semiannual regulatory agenda. This online resource lists the following regulations affecting international trade in agricultural products that could be issued within the next year as well as rulemaking proceedings that have been in process for some time and are not as likely to see further progress in the near term. The expected timeframes for issuance of the rules are indicated in parentheses.

Upcoming Regulations

- a final rule restructuring the regulations on the importation of plants for planting and adding plants whose importation is not authorized pending pest risk analysis (July; first time published)

- a final rule imposing mandatory country of origin labeling requirements for venison (July; proposed rule published in January)

- a final rule establishing a performance standard for authorizing the importation and interstate movement of fruits and vegetables (December; previously January)

- a final rule on the importation of genetically engineered organisms (April 2018; proposed rule published in January)

- a final rule to list China as eligible to export to the U.S. poultry products from birds slaughtered in China (proposed rule published in June; no timeline for final rule yet)

Regulations in Process

- a final rule updating the regulations that set forth forfeiture procedures with regard to plants or plant products seized under the authority of the Endangered Species Act or the Lacey Act

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