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July 31, 2023 - ADVANCE NOTICE: USDA Announces Final Rule to Amend Veterinary Services’ User Fee Regulations.

June 6, 2023 -  IMPORTANT: VS Form 16-4 transition period ending

April 5, 2023 -  IMPORTANT: New VS Form 16-4 and transition period

March 14, 2023 - The proposed conditions include changed requirements for sourcing FBS, as well as additional treatment and testing procedures. 

It is anticipated Canadian authorities will require these new requirements on health certification early in 2023, however, no official deadline has yet been notified to the department.
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March 8, 2023 - The USDA is requesting comments on the proposed new requirements for the “Product of USA” Label.

This is a proposed rule that is voluntary, and the claim is for meat, poultry, and egg products when they are derived from animals born, raised, slaughtered, and processed in the United States.
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November 7, 2022 - Inspection Date Grace Period Policy Temporarily Extended Through February 1, 2023 for certain eligible facilities 

October 17, 2022 - USDA - Inspection Date Grace Period Policy Temporarily Extended through December 31, 2022

April 20, 2022 - APHIS Veterinary Services Requires eFile System for all New and Renewal Permit Applications - Effective May 31, 2022  

Effective May 31, 2022, APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) will require submission of all new and renewal permit applications for live animals and animal products, organisms, and vectors - via the APHIS eFile system.
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April 6, 2022 - APHIS - Inspection Date Grace Period Policy Temporarily Extended through September 30, 2022

We have decided to extend the temporary grace period policy which allows, wherever possible, continuation of a grace period of up to six months after the inspection expiration date (ending no later than September 30, 2022) to continue VS certificate endorsements and for some facilities to supply materials

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Sept. 2, 2021 - USDA Seeks Comments on the Labeling of Meat and Poultry Products Derived from Animal Cells

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published today an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit comments and information regarding the labeling of meat and poultry products made using cultured cells derived from animals under FSIS jurisdiction. FSIS will use these comments to inform future regulatory requirements for the labeling of such food products.

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March 12, 2021 - APHIS Extends Export Product Facility Inspection Grace Period through September 30, 2021

November 10, 2020 - APHIS Expands International Services to Emerging Markets

October 1, 2020 - USDA APHIS Extends Updated Interim Guidance for Veterinary Health Certificates through December 31, 2020

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) continues to recognize the unprecedented challenge that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic poses to trade. To alleviate the impact on animal origin commodities imports, APHIS provides the following interim guidance to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists assigned to review required import information for animal products and by-products regulated by USDA APHIS. This guidance replaces previous editions that were communicated with CBP.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently awarded contracts to purchase up to eight million low-frequency radio frequency identification (RFID) ear tags, which will help increase overall animal disease traceability in cattle and bison. The contract allows APHIS to purchase additional tags each year for up to five years.

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