USDA Proposes to Change Domestic Quarantine Regulations Regarding Exotic Newcastle Disease

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        The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) 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. 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. (Contact: Bob Ehart)

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