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USDA MAKES DETERMINATION OF ANIMAL HEALTH STATUS OF SAXONY, GERMANY

September 23, 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public of its determination regarding the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) subtype H5N1 status of Saxony, Germany, following an outbreak in 2008.  Based on its assessment of the animal health status of Saxony, Germany, which was made available to the public for review and comment through a previous notice, the APHIS Administrator has determined that the importation of live birds, poultry carcasses, parts or products of poultry carcasses and eggs (other than hatching eggs) of poultry, game birds and other birds from Saxony, Germany, presents a low risk of introducing HPAI H5N1 into the United States.
  
This notice is published in today’s Sept. 23 Federal Register and becomes effective Oct. 8.

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