Information Collections on Imports of Animals, Oranges Under Review
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through March 20 on the proposed extension of information collections associated with the regulations on the following.
Poultry. APHIS’ regulations prohibit or restrict the importation of unprocessed bird and poultry products and byproducts from regions that have reported the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza or Newcastle disease and contain permit and quarantine requirements for pet birds and U.S. performing or theatrical birds and poultry returning to the U.S. There are also restrictions concerning the importation of live poultry and birds that have been vaccinated for certain types of Newcastle disease or that have moved through or originate from regions where HPAI or Newcastle disease is considered to exist. These regulations require the use of a number of information collection activities, including various APHIS forms, application of seals, agreements, notarized declarations or affirmations, notification of signs of disease in a recently imported bird, cooperative service agreements, and recordkeeping by processing establishments.
Horses, Cows, Pigs, and Dogs. USDA regulations governing the importation of horses, ruminants, swine, and dogs include provisions for the inspection and treatment of these animals if imported from any region of the world where screwworm is considered to exist. These regulations involve the use of information collection activities such as quarantine reservations, an application for import or in-transit permit (animals, animal semen, animal embryos, birds, poultry, or hatching eggs), and a declaration of importation of animals, animal semen, animal embryos, birds, poultry, or hatching eggs. An additional requirement is a request for and issuance of health certificates for horses, ruminants, swine, and dogs signed by a full-time salaried veterinary official of the exporting region stating that the animal has been inspected under certain conditions and found free of screwworm and, as appropriate, that the animal was treated for screwworm.
Unshu Oranges. USDA regulations allow the importation of Unshu oranges from certain regions into the U.S. under conditions that involve the use of information collection activities such as markings, registrations, permits, and certificates.