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APHIS Proposes Amendments to Regulations Governing Importation of Sheep, Goats, and Certain Other Ruminants

Thursday, July 21, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a proposed rule to amend the regulations that govern the importation of animals and animal products to revise the conditions for the importation of live sheep, goats, certain other non-bovine ruminants, and products derived from sheep and goats, with regard to transmissible spongiform encephalopathies such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and scrapie. APHIS is proposing to remove BSE-related import restrictions on sheep and goats and most of their products, and to add import restrictions related to transmissible spongiform encephalopathies for certain wild, zoological or other non-bovine ruminant species. These proposals will align U.S. regulations with guidelines set out in the World Organization for Animal Health's Terrestrial Animal Health Code. For questions regarding the proposed rule, contact Laurie Bryant at lauriebryant@micausa.org or 202/587-4239.

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