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APHIS Invites Comments on Bird Flu in Germany, Poland

by 5m Editor
6 January 2009, at 9:09a.m.

US - USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting comments on its 'Notice of Availability of Evaluations of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Subtype H5N1 Status of Germany and Poland'.

APHIS is advising the public that it has prepared evaluations of the animal health status of Germany and Poland relative to the H5N1 subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

The evaluations present its evaluation of the HPAI H5N1 detection, control and eradication measures in place in Germany and Poland during outbreaks of HPAI in 2006 and 2007, as well as its assessment of the present status of Germany and Poland with respect to HPAI subtype H5N1.

APHIS is making these evaluations available to the public for review and comment.

If, after the close of the comment period, APHIS can identify no additional risk factors that would indicate that domestic poultry in Germany or Poland continue to be affected with HPAI H5N1, APHIS says it would conclude that the importation of live birds, poultry carcasses, parts of carcasses, and eggs (other than hatching eggs) of poultry, game birds, or other birds from the affected regions of Germany and Poland presents a low risk of introducing HPAI H5N1 into the United States.

APHIS will consider all comments received prior to 2 February 2009.

Comments may be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal (click here).