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Change in Disease Status of Slovakia and Slovenia Because of BSE

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AGENCY:

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Affirmation of interim rule as final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the regulations by adding Slovakia and Slovenia to the list of regions where bovine spongiform encephalopathy exists because the disease has been detected in native-born animals in those regions. Slovakia and Slovenia had already been listed among the regions that present an undue risk of introducing bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the United States, so the effect of the interim rule was a continued restriction on the importation of ruminants that have been in Slovakia or Slovenia and meat, meat products, and certain other products of ruminants that have been in either of those regions. The interim rule was necessary in order to update the disease status of Slovakia and Slovenia regarding bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

The interim rule became effective on February 1, 2002.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dr. Gary Colgrove, Chief Staff Veterinarian, Sanitary Issues Management Staff, National Center for Import and Export, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 38, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-4356.

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Background

In an interim rule effective and published in the Federal Register on February 1, 2002 (67 FR 4877-4878, Docket No. 01-122-1), we amended the regulations in 9 CFR part 94 by adding Slovakia and Slovenia to the list of regions where bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) exists. Slovakia and Slovenia had previously been listed in § 94.18(a)(2) as regions that present an undue risk of introducing BSE into the United States. However, due to the detection of BSE in native-born animals in those regions, the interim rule was necessary to update the disease status of Slovakia and Slovenia regarding BSE.

Comments on the interim rule were required to be received on or before April 2, 2002. We did not receive any comments. Therefore, for the reasons given in the interim rule, we are adopting the interim rule as a final rule.

This action also affirms the information contained in the interim rule concerning Executive Order 12866 and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, Executive Order 12988, and the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Further, for this action, the Office of Management and Budget has waived the review process required by Executive Order 12866.

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List of Subjects in 9 CFR Part 94

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PART 94—RINDERPEST, FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE, FOWL PEST (FOWL PLAGUE), EXOTIC NEWCASTLE DISEASE, AFRICAN SWINE FEVER, HOG CHOLERA, AND BOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY: PROHIBITED AND RESTRICTED IMPORTATIONS

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Accordingly, we are adopting as a final rule, without change, the interim rule that amended

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Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450, 7711, 7712, 7713, 7714, 7751, and 7754; 19 U.S.C. 1306; 21 U.S.C. 111, 114a, 134a, 134b, 134c, 134f, 136, and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 42 U.S.C. 4331 and 4332; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.4.

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Done in Washington, DC, this 9th day of May, 2002.

Peter Fernandez,

Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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[FR Doc. 02-12137 Filed 5-14-02; 8:45 am]

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