Cindy Ragin (301) 734-7280
USDA SEEKS COMMENT ON PROPOSAL TO ALLOW PORK RINDS FROM REGIONS WITH SWINE DISEASE INTO THE UNITED STATES
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2008--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to allow, under certain conditions, the importation of cooked pork rinds--a snack food made from deep-fried pork skins--from regions where foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), swine vesicular disease (SVD), African swine fever (ASF) and classical swine fever (CSF) are considered to exist.
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