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USDA AMENDS REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO IMPORTATION SWINE HIDES AND SKINS, BIRD TROPHIES AND RUMINANT HIDES AND SKINS

December 15, 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the regulations governing the importation of animal byproducts to require that untanned swine hides and skins from regions with African swine fever and bird trophies from regions with exotic Newcastle disease meet certain requirements or go directly to an approved establishment upon importation into the United States.
 
APHIS is also setting out certain requirements for the importation of untanned bovine, deer, and other ruminant hides and skins into the United States from Mexico to prevent the spread of bovine babesiosis.
 
These requirements will provide for the importation of these articles under conditions intended to prevent the introduction of African swine fever, bovine babesiosis and exotic Newcastle disease.

The final rule is published in the Dec. 15 Federal Register and becomes effective Jan. 14, 2010.    

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