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Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Possession, Use, and Transfer of Biological Agents and Toxins; Final Rule

Federal Register, March 18, 2005, Page 13241-13292

Agency

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA

Action

Final rule

Summary

We are adopting as a final rule, with changes, an interim rule that established regulations governing the possession, use, and transfer of biological agents and toxins that have been determined to have the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety, to animal health, to plant health, or to animal or plant products. This
action is necessary to protect animal and plant health, and animal and plant products.

Dates

Effective Date: The amendments to the list of PPQ select agents and toxins in 7 CFR 331.3(b) are effective March 10, 2005. The remaining provisions of this final rule are effective April 18, 2005

Further Information

For information concerning the regulations in 7 CFR part 331, contact Dr. Charles L. Divan, Senior Agricultural Microbiologist, Pest Permit Evaluations, Biological and Technical Services, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236, (301) 734-8758.

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