Information Collections on Poultry Products, Fish Under Review
Poultry Products. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Feb. 17 on the proposed revision and extension of information collections associated with the regulations for the importation of eggs from regions where Newcastle disease exists and the exportation of poultry and hatching eggs from the U.S.
With respect to imports, information collection activities include certificates for table eggs from Newcastle disease-affected regions and government seals issued by the veterinarians accredited by the national governments who sign those certificates. With respect to exports, most importing countries require a certification that U.S. poultry and hatching eggs are free of diseases of concern and this certification generally must carry a USDA seal and be endorsed by an authorized APHIS veterinarian. In addition, APHIS requires owners and exporters of poultry and hatching eggs to provide health and identification information via a form entitled “Certificate for Poultry and Hatching Eggs for Export.”
Live Fish and Fish Eggs. The Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting comments through Feb. 17 on the proposed extension of approval of three information collections used to ensure the qualifications of those individuals who provide fish health data and sign the health certificate upon which the FWS bases its decision to allow importation.
FWS Form 3-2273 (Title 50 Certifying Official Form) – new applicants and those seeking recertification as a title 50 certifying official provide information so that their qualifications can be assessed
FWS Form 3-2274 (U.S. Title 50 Certification Form) – certifying officials use this form or their own health certificate to affirm the health status of the fish or their reproductive products to be imported
FWS Form 3-2275 (Title 50 Importation Request Form) – information on this form is used to ensure the safety of the shipment and to track and control importations