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USDA Reviewing Information Collections on Poultry, Pork, Mangoes, Seed

Monday, March 30, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Poultry and pork products from Mexico. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is soliciting through April 27 comments on the information it collects to ensure that fresh pork and pork products, as well as poultry carcasses, parts and products, transiting the U.S. from Mexico pose a negligible risk of introducing classical swine fever and exotic Newcastle disease into the U.S. APHIS also collects the name and address of the exporter, the origin and destination points of the commodities, how much and what type of commodity will be transiting, the intended port of entry, the date of transportation, the method and route of shipment, and other information that will enable it to determine whether any disease introduction risk is associated with the transit and, if so, what risk mitigation measures will be necessary to minimize that risk.

Mangoes from Australia. APHIS is accepting comments through April 27 on information collections associated with the importation of fresh mangoes from Australia. Conditions for such imports include requirements for pest exclusion at the production site, irradiation treatment, fruit fly trapping inside and outside the production site, pest-excluding packinghouse procedures, port of entry inspections, and accompaniment by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Australia with an additional declaration confirming that the mangoes have been produced in accordance with the requirements.

Small lots of seed. Comments are due to APHIS by May 29 on an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of small lots of seed. These regulations allow small lots of seed to be imported under an import permit with specific conditions, including seed packet labeling, as an alternative to a phytosanitary certificate requirement.

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