May 16, 2008
May 16, 2008 - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service posted in the Federal Register a proposed rule to amend the regulations regarding the importation of live horses, ruminants, swine and dogs from Panama.
The proposal is to remove Panama from the lists of regions where screwworm is considered to exist. This action is being taken because the eradication of screwworm from Panama has been confirmed and by doing so would relieve certain screwworm-related certification and inspection requirements for live animals imported into the United States from Panama.
APHIS has conducted a risk analysis to examine the risk of introducing screwworm into the United States from the importation of live horses, ruminants, swine and dogs from Panama. A summary of the finding is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-10918.htm
Comments will be considered if received on or before July 15, 2008. Complete details are available at the link listed above. Staff contact: Paul Rodgers, 303-771-3500