Meat from Singapore. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to recognize Singapore as being free of foot-and-mouth disease. APHIS has also determined that the surveillance, prevention, and control measures implemented by Singapore are sufficient to minimize the likelihood of introducing FMD into the U.S. via imports of species susceptible to this disease or products of those species.

A finalization of this recognition would likely lift certain restrictions on imports of live ruminants and swine and products thereof (e.g., meat) from Singapore. APHIS states that after reviewing any comments received, which are due by May 20, it will announce its decision on the FMD status of Singapore and the import status of susceptible animals and products thereof.

Jujube Fruit from China. APHIS has concluded that the application of the following phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of jujube fruit from China into the continental U.S.

- imports must be in commercial consignments only

- places of production and packinghouses must be registered with the national plant protection organization of China

- registered places of production are limited to locations north of the 33rd parallel or phytosanitary treatment for three pests required

- China’s NPPO maintains a national fruit fly monitoring program

- grove sanitation and trapping for fruit flies in places of production located in a province in which Ber fruit fly is known to be present

- recordkeeping of fruit fly detections in registered places of production

- pre-export inspection by China’s NPPO and issuance of a phytosanitary certificate

- port of entry inspections

- importation under a permit issued by APHIS

APHIS is inviting comments through May 24 on a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with such imports. If APHIS’ overall conclusions and determination of risk remain unchanged after its consideration of any comments received, the importation of jujube fruit from China into the continental U.S. will be authorized subject to the requirements specified in the risk management document.

Pork from China. APHIS has added China to the list of regions considered to be affected with African swine fever, effective Aug. 6, 2018. APHIS states that although the importation of most swine commodities from China is already restricted based on that country’s classical swine fever, foot-and-mouth disease, and swine vesicular disease status, APHIS has determined that it is necessary to impose ASF-related restrictions on the importation of pork and pork products from China as well.

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