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Unified Agenda 0579-AB97

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Minimal-Risk Regions and Importation of Commodities; Unsealing of Means of Conveyance and Transloading of Products


In a final rule published in the Federal Register on January 4, 2005, we amended the regulations regarding the importation of animals and animal products to establish a category of regions that present a minimal risk of introducing bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the United States via live ruminants and ruminant products and byproducts, and added Canada to this category. We also established conditions for the importation of certain live ruminants and ruminant products and byproducts from such regions. This rule will amend the regulations to broaden who is authorized to break seals on means of conveyances carrying certain ruminants of Canadian origin. Additionally, it will amend the regulations regarding the transiting through the United States of certain ruminant products from Canada to allow for direct transloading of the products from one means of conveyance to another in the United States under Federal supervision. These actions will contribute to the humane treatment of ruminants shipped to the United States from Canada and remove an impediment to international trade, without increasing the risk of the BSE disease agent entering the United States.


3 actions from November 28th, 2005 to February 2nd, 2010

  • November 28th, 2005
  • January 27th, 2006
    • Interim Final Rule Comment Period End
  • February 2nd, 2010
    • Withdrawn: Superseded by the BSE Comprehensive Rule and Will Be Addressed Under RIN 0579-AC68


Karen James-Preston
Director, Technical Trade Services, Animal Products, NCIE, VS
Phone 301 734-8172
4700 River Road, Unit 40,
Riverdale MD 20737-1231

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