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USDA ISSUES NOTICE OF DETERMINATION ON ANIMAL HEALTH STATUS OF TWO COUNTIES IN ENGLAND

September 23, 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has determined the animal health status of two counties (Suffolk and Norfolk) in England relative to the H5N1 subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) following outbreaks in 2007.  The evaluation was made available to the public for review and comment through a previous notice.  Based on the evaluation, the Administrator has determined that the importation of live birds, poultry carcasses, part or products of poultry carcasses, and eggs (other than hatching eggs) of poultry, game birds, and other birds from Suffolk and Norfolk counties, England, present a low risk of introducing HPAI H5N1 into the United States.

This action is published in today’s Sept. 23 Federal Register and will become effective Oct. 8.

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