Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service January 9, 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Approved Tests for Bovine Tuberculosis in Cervids
Document Number: 2013-00208
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are adding the CervidTB Stat-Pak[supreg] and DPP[supreg] tests as official tuberculosis tests for the following species of captive cervids: Elk, red deer, white-tailed deer, fallow deer, and reindeer. We are taking this action because we have determined that the tests can reliably detect the presence or absence of antibodies to bovine tuberculosis in certain species of captive cervids. This action is necessary on an immediate basis in order to provide regulated entities with more options in order to meet the testing requirements for captive cervids within the regulations.
International Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard-Setting Activities
Document Number: 2013-00207
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with legislation implementing the results of the Uruguay Round of negotiations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, we are informing the public of the international standard- setting activities of the World Organization for Animal Health, the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention, and the North American Plant Protection Organization, and we are soliciting public comment on the standards to be considered.
Golden Nematode; Removal of Regulated Areas in Livingston and Steuben Counties, NY
Document Number: 2013-00206
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the golden nematode regulations by removing areas in Livingston and Steuben Counties in New York from the list of generally infested areas. Surveys and other data have shown that certain areas in these two counties are free of golden nematode, and we have determined that regulation of these areas is no longer necessary. As a result of this action, areas in Livingston and Steuben Counties in New York that have been listed as generally infested will be removed from the list of areas regulated for golden nematode. This action is necessary to relieve restrictions on certain areas that are no longer necessary.
National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee; Notice of Solicitation for Membership
Document Number: 2013-00195
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are giving notice that the Secretary of Agriculture is soliciting nominations for the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee.
Importation of Fresh Barhi Dates From Israel Into the United States
Document Number: 2013-00194
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we have prepared a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with the importation of fresh dates of the cultivar Barhi from Israel into the United States. Based on that analysis, we have concluded that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the pest risk. In addition, we are advising the public that we have prepared a treatment evaluation document that describes a new treatment schedule for Ceratitis capitata in Barhi dates. We are making the pest risk assessment and treatment evaluation document available to the public for review and comment.
Notice of Establishment of an Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Stakeholder Registry
Document Number: 2013-00193
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
This notice announces the availability of a new Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service stakeholder registry.
Notice of Request for Approval of an Information Collection; National Veterinary Services Laboratories; Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Surveillance Program Documents
Document Number: 2013-00192
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request approval of a new information collection associated with National Veterinary Services Laboratories diagnostic support for the bovine spongiform encephalopathy surveillance program.
Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate
Document Number: 2012-31114
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations to establish minimum national official identification and documentation requirements for the traceability of livestock moving interstate. Under this rulemaking, unless specifically exempted, livestock belonging to species covered by the regulations that are moved interstate must be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation. These regulations specify approved forms of official identification for each species but allow the livestock covered under this rulemaking to be moved interstate with another form of identification, as agreed upon by animal health officials in the shipping and receiving States or Tribes. The purpose of this rulemaking is to improve our ability to trace livestock in the event that disease is found.