The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to recognize Singapore as free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). At the request of Singapore’s government, APHIS completed a thorough FMD risk evaluation and determined that the risk of introducing FMD into the United States through imports of susceptible animals or animal products is very low. APHIS is making the risk assessment and environmental assessment available for public review and comment for 60 days. APHIS doesn’t anticipate an increase of Singaporean imports from this action as their livestock and ruminant productions facilities are very limited.
APHIS will review and consider the comments received and make a final determination, which will be published in a later Federal Register notice. The documents are available for review and comment here.