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APHIS Concurs with the World Organisation for Animal Health’s Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Risk Designations for Ecuador and Serbia

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public of our decision to concur with the World Organisation for Animal Health’s (OIE) bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk designations for Ecuador and Serbia. The OIE recognizes Ecuador as being of controlled risk for BSE and Serbia as being of negligible risk for BSE. We are taking this action based on our review of information supporting the OIE’s risk designations for these regions.

APHIS published a notice in the Federal Register on October 25, 2019 (84 FR 57384-57385, Docket No. APHIS 2019-0053), in which we announced our intent to concur with the OIE risk classifications of the following regions:

  • Regions of negligible risk for BSE: Serbia.
  • Regions of controlled risk for BSE: Ecuador. 

We solicited comments on the notice for 60 days ending on December 24, 2019. We did not receive any comments by this date. Therefore, in accordance with the regulations, we are announcing our decision to concur with the OIE risk classifications for Ecuador and Serbia. 

Additional information can be found in the Federal Register.

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