Karen Eggert (301) 734-7280
USDA UPDATES TESTING REGULATIONS FOR U.S. CATTLE EXPORTS
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2007--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is amending its livestock exportation regulations to eliminate tuberculosis and brucellosis testing requirements for certain U.S. cattle prior to export.
Under this final rule, APHIS is eliminating the requirement for pre-export tuberculosis and brucellosis testing of certain cattle being exported to countries that do not require such testing.
In addition, should other countries importing U.S. cattle suspend or remove their testing requirements, this rule will ensure that U.S. cattle exporters receive the full benefits of no longer being required to perform pre-export tests.
Currently all states are designated accredited-free for tuberculosis except Minnesota and portions of Michigan and New Mexico, and all states except Idaho and Texas are designated as class free for brucellosis.
The final rule is scheduled for publication in the July 23 Federal Register and becomes effective Aug. 22.
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