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USDA Reviewing Information Collections on Pork and Poultry from Mexico

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is requesting comments no later than July 12 on the proposed extension of information collections associated with pork and poultry from Mexico.

APHIS restricts the importation of poultry meat and other poultry products from Mexico due to the presence of Newcastle disease in that country. However, APHIS allows the importation of poultry meat and poultry products from the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Sonora because it has determined that such products pose a negligible risk of introducing ND into the U.S. To ensure that these items are safe for importation, APHIS requires (a) certain data to appear on the foreign meat inspection certificate that accompanies the products from Sinaloa and Sonora, (b) serial numbered seals to be applied to containers carrying the products, (c) application and approval for the transit of pork and pork products and poultry carcasses, parts, or products (except eggs and egg products), and (d) a pre-arrival notification to alert U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors, along with an emergency action notice.

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