USDA PROPOSES AMENDMENT
TO IMPORT REGULATIONS REGARDING LIVE SWINE, PORK AND PORK
PRODUCTS FROM CHILE
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2003--The U.S. Department
of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
is adding Chile to the list of regions recognized as free
of classical swine fever. APHIS has conducted a risk assessment
and has determined that Chile meets the requirements for
recognition as free of CSF.
APHIS is also proposing to add certification
requirements for origin and
handling to ensure that live swine, pork and pork products
the United States from Chile are free of classical swine fever.
certificates would be completed by veterinarians of the Chilean
and Livestock Service (Servicio y Agricola Ganadero, SAG).
will relieve restrictions on the importation of pork, pork
swine and swine semen from Chile while continuing to deter
of classical swine fever into the United States.
Notice of this proposal is scheduled for publication
in the Nov. 13 Federal
Register. APHIS documents published in the Federal Register
information, including the names of organizations and individuals
commented on APHIS dockets, are available on the Internet
Consideration will be given to comments received
on or before Jan. 12,2004. Comments may be submitted by postal
mail, commercial delivery or by e-mail. If postal mail or
commercial delivery is used, please send an
original and three copies to Docket No. 03-009-1, Regulatory
Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3C71, 4700 River
Road Unit 118, Riverdale, Md. 20737-1238. If you use e-mail,
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must be contained in the body of the message; do not send
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Room 1141, South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue,
S.W., Washington, D.C., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday, except holidays. Persons wishing to review
comments are requested to call ahead on (202) 690-2817 to
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