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USDA Informs the Public on International Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard-Setting Activities

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Washington, D.C., October 3, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in accordance with legislation implementing the results of the Uruguay Round of negotiations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, is informing the public of the international standard-setting activities of the World Organization for Animal Health, the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), and the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO). APHIS is accepting comments on the activities related to the aforementioned standard-setting organizations.

APHIS will respond to stakeholder comments as appropriate. This notice may be viewed in the Federal Register upon publication on October 4 at:!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2018-0053.

For general information on the topics covered in this notice, contact Ms. Jessica Mahalingappa, APHIS Assistant Deputy Administrator for Trade and Capacity Building at (202) 799-7121. For specific information regarding standard-setting activities of the World Organization for Animal Health, contact Dr. Michael David, APHIS Director of International Animal Health Standards Team at (301) 851-3302. For specific information regarding the standard-setting activities of the IPPC, contact Dr. Marina Zlotina, APHIS IPPC Technical Director at (301) 851-2200. For specific information on the NAPPO, contact Ms. Patricia Abad, APHIS NAPPO Technical Director at (301) 851-2264.

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