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USDA Removes Rinderpest Restrictions after Worldwide Eradication

Rinderpest, a communicable animal disease, has been eradicated worldwide. As a result, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is removing references to rinderpest where they occur in the regulations, except for regulations relating to select agents and toxins.  This action will remove restrictions that are no longer necessary due to eradication of the disease, and will better align APHIS regulations with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) guidelines for international trade as they relate to rinderpest.  This rule does not change the regulations or requirements associated with other animal diseases, nor does it make any substantive changes to the regulations. 

The Final Rule can be viewed here.


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