USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced a proposal Thursday to allow more products to be imported from countries categorized as a "minimal risk" for introduction of bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the
"This proposal would continue to protect against BSE in the
The proposed change will currently only affect imports from
"We previously recognized
APHIS is proposing to allow imports of:
-Live cattle and other bovines for any use born on or after, March 1, 1999, the date determined by APHIS to be the date of effective enforcement of the ruminant-to-ruminant feed ban in Canada;
-Blood and blood products derived from bovines, collected under certain conditions; and
-Casings and part of the small intestine derived from bovines.
APHIS will give consideration to comments on the proposed rule. The deadline for comments to be received is
To submit comments online: visit the Federal eRulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov, select "Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service" from the agency drop-down menu; then click on "Submit." In the Docket ID column, select APHIS-2006-0041 to submit or view public comments and to view the proposal and the supporting and related materials available electronically.
To submit comments by mail: send an original and three copies of postal mail or commercial delivery comments to Docket No. APHIS-2006-0041, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, Md. 20737-1238.