WASHINGTON, April 16, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to amend the regulations governing the importation of certain animals and animal products by adding the Brazilian State of Santa Catarina to the list of regions we recognize as free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), rinderpest, swine vesicular disease (SVD), classical swine fever (CSF) and African swine fever (ASF).
APHIS is proposing this action at the request of the government of Brazil and after conducting a risk evaluation that indicates that Santa Catarina is free of these diseases. This proposed action would relieve certain restrictions on the importation into the United States of live swine, swine semen, pork meat, pork products, live ruminants, ruminant semen, ruminant meat and ruminant products from Santa Catarina while continuing to protect against the introduction of these diseases into the United States.
Rinderpest, FMD, SVD, ASF and CSF are contagious, viral animal diseases. With the exception of FMD, these diseases are not transmissible from animals to humans and do not affect human health. Transmission of FMD to humans is rare. APHIS has a strong system in place for detecting and responding to outbreaks of foreign animal diseases and places trade restrictions on affected regions to protect against the introduction of diseases of concern. All imported products must follow USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service regulations for food safety and labeling.
This action is published in today’s April 16 Federal Register.
Consideration will be given to comments received on or before June 15. You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2009-0034, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2009-0034.
Comments are posted on the Regulations.gov Web site and also can be reviewed at USDA, Room 1411, South Building 14th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. To facilitate entry into the comment reading room, please call (202) 690-2817.
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