The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective Oct. 16, recognizes Japan as being free of highly pathogenic avian influenza and Newcastle disease. Based on a risk evaluation APHIS has determined that that surveillance, prevention, and control measures implemented by Japan are sufficient to minimize the likelihood of introducing HPAI and Newcastle disease into the U.S. via imports of species or products susceptible to these diseases. As a result, this rule lifts restrictions on the importation of carcasses, meat, parts or products of carcasses, and eggs (other than hatching eggs) of poultry, game birds, or other birds from Japan.

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