USDA amends animal import regulations
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
(APHIS) is to change the disease status of four EU countries.
For the countries in question, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania and
Poland, they will be added to the list of EU regions considered low risk for classical swine fever and free of swine vesicular
In addition, both Latvia and Lithuania will become regions considered free of
FMD and Rinderpest or cattle plague.
Upon accession to the EU, all four countries
incorporated the Union's animal health, welfare and identification legislation
into their domestic laws which also included legislation for classical swine
fever, FMD and swine vesicular disease.
By adopting the above conditions and undergoing an APHIS risk assessment, all
four qualified for a change in disease status. This change will result in fewer
import restrictions on animals and animal products. Currently, no swine from any
region infected by classical swine fever or swine vesicular disease, can be
imported into the US. Countries. However, some cooked and cured products from
affected regions is permitted.
In the case of FMD, no ruimant imports or ruimant animals products are
allowed entry into the US.
â€¢ USDA APHIS
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