Final rule on conditional import of ovine meat from Uruguay
The USDA is posting a final rule allowing imported bone-in lamb meat from Uruguay under certain conditions. The Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will only let that country export meat from a select group of lambs to protect the U.S. from Foot and Mouth Disease. Those lambs must test negative for FMD, be separated from other FMD-susceptible animals after testing and have individual animal I-D as part of a national traceability system. APHIS points out that the U.S. has safely imported boneless beef and lamb from Uruguay since 2003.
The rule will be published in the Federal Register Tuesday but a preview is available at this link as well.