Background

Poultry. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has added Lebanon to the list of regions considered affected with highly pathogenic avian influenza due to the confirmation of HPAI in Lebanon. As a result, retroactive to April 22, 2016, live poultry, poultry meat, and other poultry products from Lebanon are subject to APHIS import restrictions designed to mitigate the risk of HPAI introduction into the U.S.

Horses. APHIS has added Korea to the list of regions considered affected with contagious equine metritis due to the confirmation of CEM in that country. As a result, retroactive to May 7, 2015, horses and other equines from Korea are subject to APHIS import restrictions designed to mitigate the risk of CEM introduction into the U.S.

Meat. APHIS has announced its preliminary concurrence with the World Organization for Animal Health’s recognition of the following countries as being of negligible risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy: Costa Rica, Germany, Lithuania, Mexico, Namibia, Romania, and Spain. This action would ease restrictions on meat imports from these countries. Comments are due no later than March 24.

Separately, APHIS is proposing to recognize Cyprus as free of foot-and-mouth disease, rinderpest, and swine vesicular disease and as low risk for classical swine fever. These changes would lift restrictions on the importation of live ruminants and swine, and products thereof, from Cyprus. Comments on this proposal and an associated risk evaluation are due by March 24.

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