APHIS is proposing to recognize the Republic of Malta as free of certain significant livestock diseases - swine vesicular disease (SVD), African swine fever (ASF), foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease, and rinderpest. APHIS is also proposing to add the Republic of Malta to the APHIS-defined European Classical Swine Fever (CSF) region. This change would remove some of the current restrictions on imports of ruminants, breeding swine and their products from Malta.
Malta’s government requested that APHIS evaluate its status of these diseases and in response to this request, APHIS conducted a risk evaluation. After a thorough evaluation, APHIS determined that the surveillance, prevention, and control measures implemented by the European Union (EU) and the Republic of Malta are sufficient to minimize the risk of introducing these diseases into the United States. The evaluation included visits to farms and processing facilities in Malta, as well as examinations of Malta’s capabilities of veterinary control and oversight, disease history and vaccination, livestock demographics and traceability, disease surveillance, and emergency preparedness and response.
Thursday May 2016/ APHIS_USDA/ United States.