USDA SEEKS COMMENTS ON ALLOWING IMPORTS OF POULTRY AND POULTRY PRODUCTS FROM GERMANY AND POLAND
January 2, 2009
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) is advising the public that it has prepared evaluations of the animal health status of Germany and Poland relative to the H5N1 subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). They are our evaluation of the HPAI H5N1 detection, control and eradication measures in place in Germany and Poland during outbreaks of HPAI in 2006 and 2007, as well as our assessment of the present status of Germany and Poland with respect to HPAI subtype H5N1. These evaluations are available to the public for review and comment. If, after the close of the comment period, APHIS can identify no additional risk factors that would indicate that domestic poultry in Germany or Poland continue to be affected with HPAI H5N1, it would conclude that the importation of live birds, poultry carcasses, parts of carcasses and eggs (other than hatching eggs) of poultry, game birds or other birds from the affected regions of Germany and Poland presents a low risk of introducing HPAI H5N1 into the United States.
This notice is published in the Jan. 2 Federal Register.
Consideration will be given to comments received on or before Feb. 2. You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
Note to Reporters: Public notices and other APHIS information are available on the Internet. Go to the APHIS news release page at http://www.aphis.usd.gov and click on the “Newsroom” button. For addition information about this topic contact Madelaine Fletcher at (301) 734-6125 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.