USDA Reviewing Information Collections on Imports of Poultry, Meat, Tree Pest Host Material
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments on the proposed revision and/or extension of the following information collections.
Poultry. APHIS uses several information collection activities to ensure that poultry undergoes appropriate examinations before entering the U.S.: USDA-APHIS-VS Application For Permit To Import or Transport Controlled Materials or Organisms or Vectors (VS Form 16-3); United States Veterinary Permit for Importation and Transportation of Controlled Materials and Organisms and Vectors (VS Form 16-6A); Application for Approval or Report of Inspection Establishment Handling Restricted Animal Byproducts or Controlled Materials (VS Form 16-25); Agreement for Handling Restricted Imports of Animal By-Products and Controlled Materials (VS Form 16-26); Report of Entry, Shipment of Restricted Imported Animal Products and Animal By-Products, and Other Material (VS Form 16-78); Application for Import or In-Transit Permit (Animals, Animal Semen, Animal Embryos, Birds, Poultry, and Hatching Eggs) (VS Form 17-129); Agreement of Pet Bird Owner (VS Form 17-8); application of seals and agreements; notarized declaration or affirmation; notification of signs of disease in a recently imported bird; cooperative service agreements; and recordkeeping by processing establishments. (comments due by April 27)
Emerald ash borer host material from Canada. Information collection activities include phytosanitary certificates, permit applications, notices, notifications, agreements, records, and certificates of inspection. (comments due by April 27)
Meat. Information collections on beef and ovine meat from Uruguay and beef from Argentina and Brazil include the requirement that APHIS collect, for each shipment, certification from an authorized veterinary official of the country of export that specified conditions have been met. For some of these conditions to be met the facility in which the bovines and sheep are slaughtered must allow periodic on-site evaluation and subsequent inspection of its facilities. (comments due by May 30)