The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has added Scotland, a region within the United Kingdom, to its list of controlled risk regions for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). APHIS is taking this action after confirmation of classical C-type BSE in an indigenous cow in Scotland. The BSE case in Scotland was confirmed on October 18, 2018. As part of this action, APHIS has removed Scotland from its negligible risk list of regions for BSE in concurrence with the World Organization for Animal Health's (OIE) decision to classify Scotland as a controlled risk region.
Comments on this notice will be accepted for 60 days. APHIS will announce a final determination for Scotland's BSE classification in the Federal Register. Members of the public may review the documents and submit comments at https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2019-16902.
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