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Import Restrictions on Poultry Updated

Effective June 4 and until further notice, the Department of Agriculture is restricting the importation of poultry, commercial birds, ratites, avian hatching eggs, unprocessed avian products and byproducts, and certain fresh poultry products originating from or transiting Melipilla and Cachapoal provinces in Chile.

Processed avian products and byproducts originating from or transiting any restricted area, imported as cargo, must be accompanied by an APHIS import permit and/or government certification confirming that the products were treated according to APHIS requirements.

Importation, as cargo, of fresh, unprocessed shell/table eggs and other egg products, void of the shell (i.e., liquid eggs, dried egg whites), originating from or transiting any restricted zone is prohibited unless the products are consigned from the port of arrival directly to an APHIS-approved breaking and pasteurization facility. An import permit and/or certificate is not required for these shipments when consigned directly to an APHIS-approved establishment.

Separately, effective June 5 USDA has removed restrictions on subject imports from zones PCZ-99 in Saskatchewan, PCZ-180 in Quebec, and PCZ-186 in Quebec after the HPAI outbreaks in these areas were completely resolved.

Avocados from Kenya

USDA is considering a request to allow the importation of fresh Hass avocados from Kenya into the U.S. for consumption and has drafted a pest risk assessment that lists the potential pests likely to remain on this commodity upon importation if no mitigation is applied. Comments on this assessment, including information that might lead USDA to revise its assessment before identifying pest mitigations and proceeding with the commodity import approval process, are due by June 29.

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