USDA Eases Restrictions on EU Poultry Imports

USDA Eases Restrictions on EU Poultry Imports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will amend its regulations governing the importation of animals and animal products from the European Union, effective April 15.

After conducting a risk evaluation, the agency said it would recognize 25 EU member states as the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-defined EU poultry trade region and add it to the list of regions considered free of Newcastle disease and highly pathogenic avian influenza.

The agency also will establish requirements governing the importation of live birds and poultry and poultry meat and products from the APHIS-defined EU poultry trade region and update avian disease terms and definitions. It also will allow the region to hatch eggs under official seal.