The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is inviting comments no later than June 27 on information collections used to help prevent the introduction of bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the U.S. These include certifications, official identification, request for and retention of classification as negligible or controlled risk, declarations of importation, import and export certificates, applications, import and movement permits, agreements, certification statements, seals, notifications, and recordkeeping.

APHIS is also accepting through June 27 comments on the proposed reinstatement of information collections associated with regulations on the importation of ruminant and swine hides, bird trophies, and deer hides. These regulations require shipments of hides to be accompanied by certificates showing their origin and certifying that they are from areas free of certain animal diseases. Shipments of ruminant hides from Mexico must be accompanied by written statements indicating that the hides were frozen for 24 hours and treated for ticks. Shipments of bird trophies must be accompanied by certificates of origin certifying that the trophies are from regions free of exotic Newcastle disease and highly pathogenic avian influenza.

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