In an attempt to protect U.S. swine from classical swine fever, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposed to amend the import regulations that will temporarily prohibit the importation of swine and swine products from the European Union. This proposed rule also would apply a uniform set of requirements related to CSF to all 15-member states of the EU or the EU-15.

This proposal would prohibit swine and swine products from any area in the EU-15 that is identified by the veterinary authorities of the region as a restricted zone. APHIS says that these changes are necessary to help prevent the introduction of CSF into the United States and to increase responsiveness to changes in the CSF situation in the EU.

Comments are due by June 7, 2005. To submit electronic comments, go to http://www.epa.gov/feddocket

To submit comments by postal mail, send four copies of your comments including docket number (an original and three copies) to:
Docket No. 02-046-1
Regulatory Analysis and Development
PPD, APHIS, Station 3C71
4700 River Road Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

For more information or to read this rule in its entirety, go to http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-7013.htm

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