The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public of our preliminary concurrence with the World Organization for Animal Health’s (OIE) bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk designations for seven regions: Costa Rica, Germany, Lithuania, Mexico, Namibia, Romania, and Spain. The OIE recognizes these regions as being of negligible risk for BSE. APHIS reviewed the OIE’s information before taking this action, which is open for public comment for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register. APHIS will consider all comments received. The OIE recommendations regarding each of the above countries can be viewed at http://www.oie.int/animal-health-in-the-world/official-disease-status/bse/list-of-bse-risk-status/
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