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APHIS Releases Notice on BSE Risk

Monday, October 6, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing its decision to concur with the World Organization for Animal Health's (OIE) bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk designations for 15 regions. This notice amends a Federal Register notice published December 4, 2013, in which APHIS stated its intent to concur with OIE's classifications for 14 regions.

The OIE recognizes these regions as being ofeither negligible or controlled risk for BSE. In accordance with OIE designations, the notice indicates APHIS' intention to classify Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore and Slovenia as regions of negligible risk for BSE, while it will classify Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Nicaragua and Taiwan as areas of controlled risk for BSE. APHIS determines BSE designations by either concurring with an OIE classification, or processing a risk classification request from a country that has not yet received an OIE designation. APHIS will announce in the Federal Register, subject to public comment, its intent to concur with future OIE classifications.

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