[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 66 (Friday, April 5, 2019)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 13516-13520]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-06662]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

9 CFR Part 381

[Docket No. FSIS-2017-0026]
RIN 0583-AD58


Eligibility of Honduras To Export Poultry Products to the United 
States

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is amending the 
Federal poultry products inspection regulations to add Honduras to the 
list of countries eligible to export poultry products to the United 
States. The FSIS review of Honduras' laws, regulations, and inspection 
system demonstrated that its poultry slaughter inspection system is 
equivalent to the system FSIS has established under the Poultry 
Products Inspection Act (PPIA) and its implementing regulations.

DATES: Effective May 6, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roberta Wagner, Assistant 
Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Development; Telephone: 
(202) 720-0089.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under this final rule, Honduras will be 
permitted to export to the United States only raw poultry products, 
such as whole carcasses produced in certified Honduran establishments, 
because FSIS only assessed Honduras' poultry slaughter inspection 
system. Honduras would need to request an equivalence determination and 
submit additional information records for FSIS to review before FSIS 
would allow Honduras to export heat-treated poultry products, such as 
cooked or canned product, to the United States. All products that 
Honduras exports to the United States will be subject to re-inspection 
at ports of entry by FSIS inspectors. At this time, Honduras is unable 
to ship raw poultry product to the United States because it is not 
recognized by APHIS as being free of Newcastle Disease (ND).

Background

    On April 13, 2016, FSIS published a proposed rule in the Federal 
Register (81 FR 21758) to add Honduras to the list of countries 
eligible to export poultry products to the United States (9 CFR 
381.196(b)). This final rule is consistent with the proposed rule.
    As explained in the proposed rule, section 17 of the PPIA (21 
U.S.C. 466) prohibits importation into the United States of slaughtered 
poultry, or parts or products thereof, of any kind unless they are 
healthful, wholesome, fit for human food, not adulterated, and contain 
no dye, chemical, preservative, or ingredient that renders them 
unhealthful, unwholesome, adulterated, or unfit for human food. Under 
the PPIA and the regulations that implement it, poultry products 
imported into the United States must be produced under standards for 
safety, wholesomeness, and labeling accuracy that are equivalent to 
those of the United States. Under the regulations at 9 CFR 381.196, 
FSIS sets out the procedures by which foreign countries may become 
eligible to export poultry and poultry products to the United States.
    Section 381.196(a) requires a foreign country's poultry inspection 
system to include standards equivalent to those of the United States 
and to provide legal authority for the inspection system and its 
implementing regulations that is equivalent to that of the United 
States. Specifically, a country's legal authority and regulations must 
impose requirements equivalent to those of the United States with 
respect to: (1) Ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection by, or under the 
direct supervision of, a veterinarian, or other employees or licensees 
of the system under the direct supervision of veterinarians; (2) 
official controls by the national government over establishment 
construction, facilities, and equipment; (3) direct and continuous 
official supervision of slaughtering of poultry and processing of 
poultry products by inspectors to ensure that product is not 
adulterated or misbranded; (4) complete separation of establishments 
certified to export from those not certified; (5) maintenance of a 
single standard of inspection and sanitation throughout certified 
establishments; (6) requirements for sanitation and for sanitary 
handling of product at establishments certified to export; (7) official 
controls over condemned product; (8) a Hazard Analysis and Critical 
Control Point (HACCP) system; and (9) any other requirements found in 
the PPIA and its implementing regulations (9 CFR 381.196(a)(2)(ii)).
    The country's inspection system must also impose requirements 
equivalent to those of the United States with respect to: (1) 
Organizational structure and staffing, so as to ensure uniform 
enforcement of the requisite laws and regulations in all certified 
establishments; (2) ultimate control and supervision by the national 
government over the official activities of employees or licensees; (3) 
qualified inspectors; (4) enforcement and certification authority; (5) 
administrative and technical support; (6) inspection, sanitation, 
quality, species verification, and residue standards; and (7) any other 
inspection requirements (9 CFR 381.196(a)(2)(i)).

Evaluation of the Honduran Poultry Inspection System

    In 2003, the government of Honduras requested approval to export 
poultry products to the United States. Honduras stated that if 
approved, its immediate intent was to export raw poultry carcasses to 
the United States. FSIS then began to evaluate the Honduras poultry 
slaughter inspection system to determine whether it is equivalent to 
that of the United States.
    FSIS conducted a document review to evaluate the laws, regulations, 
and other documentation used by Honduras to execute its poultry 
inspection system. FSIS examined the information submitted by Honduras 
to verify that the following equivalence components were addressed 
satisfactorily with respect to standards, activities, resources, and 
enforcement: (1) Government Oversight; (2) Statutory Authority and Food 
Safety Regulations; (3) Sanitation; (4) Hazard Analysis and Critical 
Control Point Systems; (5) Chemical Residue Testing Programs; and (6) 
Microbiological Testing Programs. The document review was satisfactory 
to FSIS, and FSIS scheduled an on-site review to evaluate all aspects 
of the Honduran poultry inspection program.
    In November 2005, FSIS conducted an on-site audit of the Honduran 
poultry inspection program and identified systemic deficiencies within 
three equivalence components: Government Oversight, Sanitation, and 
HACCP. In response to this audit, Honduras submitted a corrective 
action plan that addressed FSIS's findings.
    In June 2009, FSIS conducted a second on-site audit to verify 
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all outstanding issues identified during the previous audit had been 
resolved. Through the 2009 audit, FSIS verified that Honduras 
implemented corrective actions in response to the previous audit 
findings, and these corrective actions were working as intended. 
However, during the 2009 audit, FSIS identified systemic deficiencies 
not identified in the previous audit. The deficiencies related to the 
equivalence components of Sanitation, HACCP, and Microbiological 
Testing Programs.
    Following the 2009 on-site audit, Honduras again provided a 
comprehensive corrective action plan that addressed the findings 
identified. Corrective actions included implementing new regulations, 
procedures, measures, and verification activities to ensure uniformity 
in conducting official inspection activities.
    In September 2014, FSIS conducted a third on-site audit to verify 
that Honduras had satisfactorily addressed all the findings of the 
November 2005 and June 2009 audits and had met the FSIS criteria for 
all six equivalence components. The evaluation of all documentation 
provided by Honduras since the 2009 audit (corrective actions taken in 
response to the 2009 audit findings, regulatory updates, new 
performance standards, and new microbiological laboratory procedures 
and analyses) supported the decision to perform the third audit. The 
auditor verified that all corrective actions in response to the 2009 
audit findings were implemented as described and working as intended. 
There were no new audit findings from the 2014 on-site audit. The 
auditor concluded that the Honduran poultry regulatory system 
cumulatively achieves a level of protection equivalent to that provided 
by the United States poultry inspection system.
    Consequently, on April 13, 2016, FSIS published a proposed rule to 
add Honduras to the list of countries eligible to export raw poultry 
products, such as whole carcasses, to the United States, based on its 
finding that the Honduran poultry slaughter inspection system is 
equivalent to the United States poultry inspection system. For more 
detailed information on the FSIS evaluation of the Honduran poultry 
inspection system, see the proposed rule (81 FR 21758), and for the 
full audit reports, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/importing-products/eligible-countries-products-foreign-establishments/foreign-audit-reports/foreign-audit-reports.

Final Rule

    After considering the comments received on the proposed rule, 
discussed below, FSIS has concluded that the Honduran poultry 
inspection system is equivalent to the United States inspection system 
for raw poultry products. Therefore, FSIS is amending its poultry 
products inspection regulations to add Honduras to the list of 
countries eligible to export poultry products to the United States (in 
9 CFR 381.196 (b)). Under the FSIS import regulations, the government 
of Honduras must certify to FSIS that establishments requesting to 
export poultry products to the United States are operating under 
requirements equivalent to those of the United States (9 CFR 
381.196(a)).
    Although a foreign country may be listed in FSIS regulations as 
eligible to export poultry to the United States, the exporting 
country's products must also comply with all other applicable 
requirements of the United States. These requirements include 
restrictions under 9 CFR part 94 of the Animal and Plant Health 
Inspection Service (APHIS) regulations, which also regulate the 
importation of poultry products from foreign countries into the United 
States. At this time, Honduras cannot ship poultry products to the 
United States because APHIS does not recognize Honduras as a region 
free from ND.
    Under this final rule, all slaughtered poultry, or parts and 
products thereof, exported to the United States from Honduras will be 
subject to re-inspection at the United States ports of entry for, but 
not limited to, transportation damage, product and container defects, 
labeling, proper certification, general condition, and accurate count.
    FSIS will conduct other types of re-inspection activities, such as 
taking product samples for laboratory analysis to detect any drug or 
chemical residues that may render the product unsafe, as well as any 
species or product composition violations that would render the product 
economically adulterated. Products that pass re-inspection will be 
stamped with the official mark of inspection and allowed to enter 
United States commerce. If they do not meet U.S. requirements, they 
will be refused entry and within 45 days will have to be returned to 
the country of origin, destroyed, or converted to animal food (subject 
to approval by FDA), depending on the violation. The import re-
inspection activities can be found on the FSIS website at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/importing-products/port-of-entry-procedures.
    In addition, should Honduras meet APHIS requirements, Honduran 
poultry products will be eligible for importation into the United 
States only if they are from animals slaughtered on or after the 
effective date of this final rule.

Summary of Comments and Responses

    FSIS received nine comments on the proposed rule. Seven of the 
comments were from individuals; one comment was from a consumer 
advocacy group; and another comment was from a not-for-profit 
corporation that promotes poultry industry trade associations in 
Central America. Of the nine comments, five were against the proposed 
rule, including the consumer advocacy group. Three individuals and the 
one trade advocate were in support of the proposed rule.
    The following is a discussion of the relevant issues raised in the 
comments.
    Comments: Several commenters objected to the rule for economic 
reasons. Commenters stated that poultry imports could undermine U.S. 
poultry production leading to decreased demand for domestic supply and 
unemployment for U.S. poultry producers. The commenters were concerned 
that the increased competition in the poultry market will negatively 
impact domestic producers by putting downward pressure on the market 
price and potentially edging domestic producers out of the market.
    An individual commenter questioned whether there is a need for 
imported poultry and whether the rule is necessary because of a lack of 
domestic supply. Another commenter expressed concern about using U.S. 
tax dollars to help Honduras reach equivalency in its inspection 
systems, so the country could be approved by FSIS for exports.
    Response: Economic and market realities make it unlikely that the 
increased amounts of poultry imports from Honduras will lead to 
unemployment for domestic producers. Should Honduras meet APHIS 
requirements, FSIS estimates Honduran exports will comprise 0.05 
percent of the U.S. market annually the first three years. FSIS does 
not believe that this rule will adversely affect the U.S. poultry 
industry because the volume of trade that results from this rule will 
likely be small and have little effect on supply and prices. Demand for 
domestically produced poultry will not be affected because FSIS expects 
the market price to remain stable.
    FSIS has conducted a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the 
rule and determined it to be advantageous to

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both countries. The preliminary and final analyses recognize that any 
significant effects of the rule will come through efficiency gains.
    Additionally, FSIS has an appropriated annual budget to review 
documents and audit countries' inspection systems to assess whether 
they are equivalent to the FSIS inspection system. Other than 
explaining FSIS requirements, FSIS does not aid countries in becoming 
equivalent. These activities will not lead to direct competition 
because there is no expected market price increase resulting from the 
rule.
    Comment: One commenter expressed concern about ND in Honduras. This 
commenter stated that FSIS should test individual poultry products.
    Response: Although Honduras may be listed in FSIS's regulations as 
eligible to export poultry products to the United States, the products 
must also comply with all other applicable requirements of the United 
States, including those of APHIS, before any products can enter the 
United States.
    APHIS is responsible for preventing the entry of foreign animal 
diseases into the livestock population of the United States. APHIS 
determines the animal health status of foreign countries or regions for 
certain diseases, and this process is outlined in Title 9 CFR part 92. 
These animal health status determinations help establish the import 
requirements for livestock and products derived from them.
    As is discussed above, at this time, APHIS does not allow Honduras 
to export raw poultry to the U.S. because Honduras is not recognized by 
APHIS as a region free of ND. Honduras has requested that APHIS 
recognize it as free of ND, and APHIS is conducting a review and 
evaluation. If APHIS determines that Honduras is free of ND, it will 
make its evaluation available for public comment through a document 
published in the Federal Register.
    FSIS and APHIS work closely together to ensure that all poultry 
products imported into the United States comply with the regulatory 
requirements of both agencies. In 1985, FSIS and APHIS signed a 
memorandum of understanding (MOU) in which both agencies agreed to 
cooperate in meeting their respective needs for information on disease 
surveillance, diagnostic testing, investigations, trace backs, and 
animal and public health emergencies. Information exchange between the 
two agencies is necessary to reduce the spread of animal disease, while 
providing a wholesome food supply.
    The MOU is updated periodically to ensure that it addresses matters 
of importance to both agencies. The MOU was last updated November 20, 
2014. In accord with this MOU, FSIS and APHIS established procedures 
for communication between the two agencies regarding the inspection, 
handling, and disposition of imported poultry products. APHIS and FSIS 
communicate regularly to ensure that products APHIS has restricted from 
entering the United States because of animal disease concerns are not 
imported into the United States.
    Comment: One commenter expressed concerns about the length of time 
it took Honduras to achieve equivalence and how Honduras plans to 
maintain equivalence in the future. The commenter stated that the FSIS 
2014 audit report does not contain information about the number of 
inspectors assigned to poultry slaughter lines, the workload ratio of 
the assigned inspectors, or the line speeds in Honduras. The commenter 
also stated concerns about the reliability of establishments'--
interventions and the CCA's sampling protocols.
    Response: Honduras meets current standards with regard to line 
speeds and the workload ratio of assigned inspectors. During the 2014 
audit, FSIS observed online inspection of 140 birds per minute with 4 
online inspectors, or 35 birds per minute per inspector. The Honduran 
food safety system, food safety interventions and sampling protocols 
were assessed during the FSIS on-site audits.
    FSIS assesses a country's food regulatory system in terms of six 
equivalence components and uses its findings from the assessment in 
deciding whether to grant eligibility to the country for the 
importation of its poultry products into the United States. Based on 
the 2014 follow-up on-site audit, FSIS determined that Honduras fully 
met the criteria within those six equivalence components, in accordance 
with 9 CFR 327.2. FSIS tentatively concluded that, as implemented, the 
Honduran poultry slaughter inspection system is equivalent to the 
United States poultry inspection system. The details of Honduran 
compliance with those components can all be found on the FSIS website 
at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/importing-products/eligible-countries-products-foreign-establishments/foreign-audit-reports/foreign-audit-reports.
    FSIS ensures that countries maintain equivalence through a three-
part process, involving: (1) Recurring equivalence reviews (e.g., 
through use of the country Self Reporting Tool or other documentation 
from the Central Competent Authority) of the exporting country's 
applicable laws and regulations; (2) periodic on-site equivalence 
verification audits in the exporting country; and (3) ongoing point-of-
entry (POE) re-inspection of shipments received from the exporting 
country. These POE activities include examination of products for 
defects, condition-of container examinations, and laboratory analysis 
of product samples.
    For all these reasons, therefore, concerns about the length of time 
it took Honduras to achieve equivalence and how Honduras plans to 
maintain equivalence in the future are unwarranted. Honduras has 
sampled and tested for Salmonella in raw poultry since the 2005 and 
2009 audits, and has started sampling and testing for Campylobacter in 
raw poultry since--the 2014 audit. Honduras has implemented 
requirements that are equivalent to FSIS's Poultry Slaughter Rule (79 
FR 49565) to ensure pathogen reduction during the slaughter of poultry. 
The deficiencies have been remedied, and the Honduran inspection system 
will be subject to ongoing verification to ensure that it continues to 
maintain standards equivalent to those of the United States.
    Comments: The commenters who supported the proposed rule generally 
cited the economic benefits of increased trade.
    Response: FSIS agrees the rule is mutually beneficial to both the 
U.S. and Honduran economies.

Executive Orders 12866 and 13563, and the Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Executive Orders (E.O.) 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess 
all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public 
health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). E.O. 
13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, 
of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. 
This final rule has been designated a ``non-significant'' regulatory 
action under section 3(f) of E.O. 12866. Accordingly, the rule has not 
been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget under E.O. 12866.

Expected Costs of the Final Rule

    This final rule adds Honduras to the list of countries eligible to 
export raw poultry to the United States. However, because of animal 
disease restrictions,

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APHIS regulations currently prohibit Honduras from immediately shipping 
raw poultry products to the United States. Honduran establishments are 
currently eligible to export raw and processed beef and veal, raw and 
processed lamb and mutton, raw and processed goat as well as processed 
pork. According to data from the government of Honduras, Honduras 
intends to certify one establishment as eligible to export raw poultry 
to the United States.\1\ Should the country meet APHIS requirements, 
the expected export volume for this establishment for the first three 
years is 10,211 Metric Tons (MT). This is expected to increase to 
11,231 MT in year four and 12,355 MT in year five.\2\
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    \1\ Honduras currently has only two establishments certified for 
meat exports to the United States. Therefore, it is unlikely we will 
see a significant increase in the number of establishments eligible 
to export poultry from Honduras.
    \2\ Source: Correspondence with the Government of Honduras.
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    The U.S. poultry industry is one of the most competitive 
agricultural industries in the world. U.S. establishments slaughtered 
18.6 million MT of young chickens in 2017.\3\ Approximately 3.0 million 
MT of young chickens slaughtered in the United States were exported in 
2017 and 0.056 million MT were imported.\4\
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    \3\ https://apps.fas.usda.gov/psdonline/circulars/livestock_poultry.pdf.
    \4\ USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. Market and Trade Data/PSD 
online/Reports and Data: Exports Market year 2017. https://apps.fas.usda.gov/psdonline/app/index.html#/app/downloads http://apps.fas.usda.gov/psdonline/circulars/livestock_poultry.pdf.
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    The importation of poultry products from Honduras is expected to 
have a minimal impact on the United States poultry market. Should 
Honduras meet APHIS requirements, FSIS estimates Honduran exports would 
comprise 0.05 percent (10,211 MT from Honduras compared to a Unites 
States slaughter volume of 18.6 million MT in 2017) of the United 
States market annually the first three years. FSIS estimates Honduran 
exports would continue to comprise 0.06 percent of the U.S. market the 
fourth year and increase to 0.07 percent the fifth year. FSIS projects 
that Honduras would not alter the U.S. poultry supply and would not 
have an impact on domestic poultry prices. Therefore, FSIS projects 
that establishments in the United States would not see the negative 
effects that could come from a decrease in price as a result of 
increased competition.
    Companies based in Honduras that export to the United States or 
United States companies that export products from Honduras to the 
United States would incur standard costs such as export fees and 
freight and insurance costs. However, those companies would be willing 
to bear these costs because of the expected benefits associated with 
selling their products to the U.S.

Expected Benefits of the Final Rule

    Should Honduras meet APHIS requirements, FSIS expects to see an 
increase in trade between Honduras and the United States. The volume of 
poultry exported from Honduras is likely to be small and is expected to 
have little to no effect on domestic poultry supplies or prices. 
Therefore, consumers will not benefit from a decrease in price that 
would result from increased competition. However, Latin American 
preferences for dark meat compliment American preferences for white 
meat. Therefore, Honduran establishments will benefit if they export 
surplus white meat to the United States. While the export of white meat 
from Honduras may be minimal compared to overall consumption in the 
United States, these exports may be significant enough in the long run 
to influence domestic prices in Honduras.\5\
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    \5\ Haley, Mildred M. (May 2001). Changing Consumer Demand for 
Meat: The U.S. Example, 1970-2000. In A. Regmi, Changing Structure 
of Global Food Consumption and Trade (pp.41-48). (Economic Research 
Service Outlook No. WRS-01-1) Washington, DC.
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    In addition, the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States 
Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), implemented in 2006, sought to level 
the playing field and increase trade between the United States and the 
six CAFTA-DR trading partners, including Honduras.\6\ FSIS expects this 
final rule will increase trade, benefiting firms and consumers in the 
United States and Honduras, especially within the agricultural sector. 
Providing market access to Honduran establishments ensures similar 
access will be given to United States firms. American firms have 
already benefited from CAFTA-DR, with agricultural exports (including 
wheat, live animals and red meat) to Honduras nearly doubling (82.5 
percent) between 2006 and 2017 and is expected to rise even further in 
the future.\7\
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    \6\ United States Department of Agriculture. FACT SHEET on 
Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade 
Agreement (Release No. 0237.08). Retrieved on March 18, 2015 from 
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdamediafb?contentid=2008/09/0237.xml&printable=true&contentidonly=true.
    \7\ Source: FAS Global Agricultural Trade System--FAS 
Agricultural Total Exports to Honduras.
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Regulatory Flexibility Act Assessment

    The FSIS Administrator certifies that, for the purposes of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-602), this final rule will not 
have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities in 
the United States. As mentioned above, the expected trade volume is 
very small. Therefore, the action should not have a significant impact 
on small entities that produce poultry products domestically.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    No new paperwork requirements are associated with this final rule. 
Foreign countries wanting to export poultry and poultry products to the 
United States are required to provide information to FSIS certifying 
that their inspection system provides standards equivalent to those of 
the United States, and that the legal authority for the system and 
their implementing regulations are equivalent to those of the United 
States.

E-Government Act

    FSIS and USDA are committed to achieving the purposes of the E-
Government Act (44 U.S.C. 3601, et seq.) by, among other things, 
promoting the use of the internet and other information technologies 
and providing increased opportunities for citizen access to Government 
information and services, and for other purposes.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal 
Register publication and officially notify the World Trade 
Organization's Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (WTO/
SPS Committee) in Geneva, Switzerland, of this proposal on-line through 
the FSIS web page located at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register.
    FSIS also will make copies of this publication available through 
the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information 
regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register 
notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information that 
could affect or would be of interest to our constituents and 
stakeholders. The Constituent Update is available on the FSIS web page. 
Through the web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much 
broader, more diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email 
subscription service which provides automatic and customized access to 
selected food safety news and information. This service is available 
at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. Options range from recalls to 
export information, regulations, directives, and notices.

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Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves, and have the 
option to password protect their accounts.

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List of Subjects in 9 CFR Part 381

    Imported products.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble, FSIS is amending 9 CFR 
part 381 as follows:

PART 381--POULTRY PRODUCTS INSPECTION REGULATIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 381 continues to read as follows:

     Authority: 7 U.S.C. 138f, 450; 21 U.S.C. 451-470; 7 CFR 2.7, 
2.18, 2.53.


Sec.  381.196   [Amended]

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2. Section 381.196 is amended in paragraph (b) by adding ``Honduras'' 
in alphabetical order to the list of countries.

    Done in Washington, DC.
Carmen M. Rottenberg,
Administrator.
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