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More Time to Comment on Proposal to Ease Restrictions on Meat Imports from Argentina

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has extended from March 24 through April 23 the period for public comment on two determinations that would ease restrictions on imports of live ruminants and swine, and products from these animals, from Argentina. APHIS has determined that the Patagonia region of Argentina (consisting of the areas of Patagonia South and Patagonia North B (the region immediately north of latitude 42° south)) is free of foot-and-mouth disease and that the surveillance, prevention and control measures implemented by Argentina in this region are sufficient to minimize the likelihood of introducing FMD into the U.S. via imports of FMD-susceptible species or products. APHIS has also assessed the rinderpest status of all of South America and has determined that rinderpest is not present in the entirety of Argentina.

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