USDA Looks to Extend Information Collection on Poultry
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will accept through May 23 comments on the proposed extension of an information collection concerning the importation of live poultry, poultry meat and other poultry products from specified regions.
APHIS regulations allows such imports from certain regions, including Argentina and the Mexican states of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan, that are free of exotic Newcastle disease. These imports require certification from a full-time salaried veterinary officer of the national government of the exporting region that the poultry and poultry products to be exported originated in that region (or another region recognized by APHIS as free of END) and that before the export to the U.S. the poultry and poultry products were not commingled with poultry and poultry products from regions where END exists.
APHIS regulations also permit U.S.-origin poultry meat to be shipped to a region where END exists for processing purposes before it is returned to the U.S. Under these provisions, the use of four information collection activities is required: a certificate of origin including serial numbers, maintenance of records, cooperative service agreements that must be signed, and certificates for shipment back to the U.S.