Final Rule on Imports and BSE Published by USDA APHIS

A final rule amending import regulations for animals and animal products with regard to BSE has been published by USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The rule describes a new system for classifying regions in other countries as negligible, controlled and undetermined risk for BSE. It also revises the conditions for the specific importation of bovine products and removes restrictions on the importation of cervids and camelids - and products derived from such animals. Further - the new regulations prescribe the conditions under which certain commodities - as described in the rule - may be imported into the U.S. from regions designated as having negligible, controlled or undetermined risk for BSE. The final BSE rule goes into effect March 4th.

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