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.
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
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.
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.
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.