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USDA Proposes to Change Domestic Quarantine Regulations Regarding Exotic Newcastle Disease

by 5m Editor
28 March 2006, at 12:00am

US - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to make several changes to the exotic Newcastle disease (END) domestic quarantine regulations.

USDA Proposes to Change Domestic Quarantine Regulations Regarding Exotic Newcastle Disease - US - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to make several changes to the exotic Newcastle disease (END) domestic quarantine regulations.

The proposed changes include harmonizing the foreign and domestic regulations regarding the movement of dressed carcasses of dead birds and dead poultry; adding restrictions on the interstate movement of ratites out of quarantined areas; providing for the use of alternative procedures for treating manure and litter for composting, and adding an additional surveillance period prior to removing quarantine restrictions.

APHIS has determined that these changes are necessary based on experiences during the eradication programs for the recent outbreaks of END in California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas. These changes would help ensure that END does not spread and is eradicated within quarantined areas.

Exotic Newcastle disease is a highly contagious and fatal viral disease that affects all species of birds. END is not avian influenza. However, it is another highly contagious disease of poultry and birds. It affects the respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of birds, and many birds die before demonstrating any clinical signs of the disease.

Notice of this proposed rule is scheduled for publication in the March 27 Federal Register.

Consideration will be given to comments received on or before May 26. Send an original and three copies of postal mail or commercial delivery comments to Docket No. APHIS-2006-0036 Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. If you wish to submit a comment using the Internet, go to the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov and, in the "Search for Open Regulation" box, select "Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service" from the agency drop-down menu, then click on "Submit" In the Docket ID column, select APHIS-2006-0036 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.

Comments are posted on the Regulations.gov Web site and may also be reviewed at USDA, Room 1141, South Building, 14th St. and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. To facilitate entry into the comment reading room, please call (202) 690-2817.

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