Addition of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the List of Regions Affected With African Swine Fever

CourtAnimal And Plant Health Inspection Service
Citation86 FR 67019
Published date24 November 2021
Record Number2021-25611
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67019
Vol. 86, No. 224
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service
[Docket No. APHIS–2021–0057]
Addition of the Kingdom of Bhutan to
the List of Regions Affected With
African Swine Fever
AGENCY
: Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION
: Notice.
SUMMARY
: We are advising the public
that we have added the Kingdom of
Bhutan to the list of regions that the
Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service considers to be affected with
African swine fever (ASF). We have
taken this action because of
confirmation of ASF in the Kingdom of
Bhutan.
DATES
: The Kingdom of Bhutan was
added to the APHIS list of regions
considered affected with ASF on June 2,
2021.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
: Dr.
John Grabau, Regionalization Evaluation
Services, Veterinary Services, APHIS,
920 Main Campus Drive, Venture II,
Raleigh, NC 27606; Phone: (919) 855–
7738; email: AskRegionalization@
usda.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: The
regulations in 9 CFR part 94 (referred to
below as the regulations) govern the
importation of specified animals and
animal products to prevent introduction
into the United States of various animal
diseases, including African swine fever
(ASF). ASF is a highly contagious
animal disease of wild and domestic
swine. It can spread rapidly in swine
populations with extremely high rates of
morbidity and mortality. A list of
regions where ASF exists or is
reasonably believed to exist is
maintained on the Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
website at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/
aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-
and-animal-product-import-
information/animal-health-status-of-
regions/. This list is referenced in
§ 94.8(a)(2) of the regulations.
Section 94.8(a)(3) of the regulations
states that APHIS will add a region to
the list referenced in § 94.8(a)(2) upon
determining ASF exists in the region,
based on reports APHIS receives of
outbreaks of the disease from veterinary
officials of the exporting country, from
the World Organization for Animal
Health (OIE), or from other sources the
Administrator determines to be reliable,
or upon determining that there is reason
to believe the disease exists in the
region. Section 94.8(a)(1) of the
regulations specifies the criteria on
which the Administrator bases the
reason to believe ASF exists in a region.
Section 94.8(b) prohibits importation of
pork and pork products from regions
listed in accordance with § 94.8, except
if processed and treated in accordance
with the provisions specified in that
section or consigned to an APHIS-
approved establishment for further
processing. Section 96.2 restricts the
importation of swine casings that
originated in or were processed in a
region where ASF exists, as listed under
§ 94.8(a).
On May 27, 2021, the veterinary
authorities of the Kingdom of Bhutan
reported to the OIE the occurrence of
ASF in that country. Therefore, in
response to this outbreak, on June 2,
2021, APHIS added the Kingdom of
Bhutan to the list of regions where ASF
exists or is reasonably believed to exist.
This notice serves as an official record
and public notification of that action.
As a result, pork and pork products
from the Kingdom of Bhutan, including
casings, are subject to APHIS import
restrictions designed to mitigate the risk
of ASF introduction into the United
States.
Congressional Review Act
Pursuant to the Congressional Review
Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Office of
Information and Regulatory Affairs
designated this action as not a major
rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).
Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1633, 7701–7772,
7781–7786, and 8301–8317; 21 U.S.C.
136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 7 CFR
2.22, 2.80, and 371.4.
Done in Washington, DC, this 18th day of
November 2021.
Jack Shere,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2021–25611 Filed 11–23–21; 8:45 am]
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