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Poultry from Chile and Canada

Effective Sept. 1 the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has removed restrictions on imports of poultry, commercial birds, ratites, avian hatching eggs, unprocessed avian products and byproducts, and certain fresh poultry products originating from or transiting Linares, Talca, and Concepcion provinces in Chile after the highly-pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in this area was completely resolved. APHIS states that these were the last remaining regions under restriction in Chile and that as of Sept. 1 no provinces in Chile are under APHIS restriction for HPAI.

Separately, effective Sept. 11 and until further notice, APHIS 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 zone PCZ-191 in Alberta, Canada, based on a determination that HPAI exists in commercial birds in that zone.

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. Further, 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.

APHIS is now requiring a health certificate from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and an import permit for pet and zoo birds, as well as Columbiformes (e.g., pigeons and doves), imported from Canada.

Kiwi Fruit from France

APHIS has determined that beginning Sept. 26 imports of fresh baby kiwi fruit from France may be authorized for importation into the continental U.S. subject to specified phytosanitary measures.

Citrus from Japan

APHIS is considering a request to allow the importation of various citrus species and hybrid fruits from Japan into the U.S. and has drafted a pest risk assessment that lists the potential pests likely to remain on these commodities upon importation if no mitigation is applied. Comments on this assessment, including information that might lead APHIS to revise its assessment before identifying pest mitigations and proceeding with the commodity import approval process, are due by Oct. 25.

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