The proposed minimal risk region would include areas in which an animal has been diagnosed with BSE but in which specific preventive measures have been in place for an appropriate period of time that reduce the risk of BSE introduction into the U.S.
Based on a comprehensive risk analysis and review, USDA believes that the surveillance, prevention and control measures implemented by Canada are sufficient to be included in the minimal risk category.
The proposed rule has a 60-day comment period, or deadline of January 5, 2004. The rule is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on November 4. E-mail comments can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments must be contained in the body of the message. Use Docket No. 03-080-1 on the subject line and include name and address in the message.
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