Full Title Name:  West’s Florida Administrative Code. Title 5. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Subtitle 5C. Division of Animal Industry. Chapter 5C-3. Importation of Animals

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Country of Origin:  United States Citation:  Rule 5C-3.001 to 3.012, F.A.C. Agency Origin:  Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Last Checked:  April, 2020 Date Adopted:  1962
Summary: This set of regulations constitutes the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services rules governing the importation of animals.

5C-3.001. Definitions.

5C-3.002. General Requirements and Limitations.

5C-3.003. Equine.

5C-3.004. Cattle or Bison.

5C-3.005. Goats or Sheep.

5C-3.007. Swine.

5C-3.009. Dogs or Cats.

5C-3.011. Cervids (Farmed or Captive).

5C-3.012. Domestic Fowl, Poultry, Poultry Products and Ratites.

 

 

5C-3.001. Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the definitions in section 585.01, F.S., and the following shall apply:

(1) Accredited Veterinarian. A state licensed veterinarian accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA, APHIS) to perform certain functions of federal and cooperative state-federal programs in accordance with the provisions of 9 C.F.R. 161.1 (JAN 2018), incorporated in subsection 5C-4.0015(1), F.A.C.

(2) Administrator. The Administrator of USDA, APHIS or any person authorized to act for the Administrator.

(3) Animal(s). This term is as defined in section 585.01(10), F.S., which provides that the term “animal” shall include wild or game animals whenever necessary to effectively control or eradicate dangerous transmissible diseases or pests which threaten the agricultural interests of the state.

(4) Approved Livestock Facility. A stockyard, livestock market, buying station, concentration point, or any other premises under State or Federal veterinary supervision where Livestock are assembled and that has been approved under 9 C.F.R. § 71.20 (2018). 9 C.F.R. § 71.20 (2018) is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10862.

(5) Approved Tagging Site. A site or location specifically approved by the Department in accordance with chapter 5C-31, F.A.C., to apply Official Individual Identification to cattle.

(6) Avian Influenza (AI) or Exotic Newcastle Disease (END) -- Affected State. Any state in which AI subtypes H5 or H7 or END virus has been diagnosed in poultry within the last ninety (90) days prior to importation into Florida.

(7) Avian Influenza (AI) Approved Test. Antibody or antigen capture methodologies recognized by the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) and conducted at a laboratory approved to conduct such tests by USDA, APHIS.

(8) Cervidae Herd Health Plan. A Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) disease surveillance plan for Cervids as defined and required in chapter 5C-26, F.A.C.

(9) Cervids. Any farmed or captive member of the family Cervidae and hybrids, including deer, elk, moose, caribou, reindeer, and related species that are raised or maintained in captivity for the production of meat and other agricultural products, for sport, or for exhibition.

(10) Cleaned and Disinfected. Free of organic matter and disinfected in accordance with 9 C.F.R. §§ 71.7 and 71.10-71.12 (2018). 9 C.F.R. §§ 71.7 and 71.10-71.12 (2018) is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10863.

(11) Commuter Herd. A herd of cattle moved interstate during the course of normal livestock management operations without a change of ownership or comingling of cattle of different ownership directly between two premises, as provided in a commuter herd agreement. The Commuter Herd participating states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi.

(12) Competitive Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (cELISA). A test that uses antibodies and color change to identify and quantify total antibodies in a sample.

(13) Department. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

(14) Division. The Division of Animal Industry of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

(15) “Domestic Animal” shall include any equine or bovine animal, goat, sheep, swine, domestic cat, dog, poultry, ostrich, emu, rhea, or other domesticated beast or bird.

(16) Domestic Fowl. Any member of the class Aves that is propagated or maintained under control of a person for commercial, exhibition or breeding purposes, or as pets.

(17) Electronic Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) Form (A.K.A. Coggins Form). An electronic version of a USDA, APHIS and Department approved EIA form which must be complete, legible, and accurate with a detailed description of the equine that the test record represents, including the breed registration number or registry tattoo, when applicable; the name of the equine; the age, breed, sex and color; all other distinctive markings, including markings on the legs and face, color patterns, body brands, scars, whorls and blemishes, and digital images of the Equine. The digital images must consist of three (3) color images to include a full view of both sides of the Equine and the face from above the ears to below the muzzle.

(18) Emergency Management Response Services (EMRS). A USDA, APHIS, web-based application for authorized users in the reporting of routine investigations of foreign animal diseases (FAD), surveillance and control programs, state specific disease outbreaks, and national animal health emergency responses (all-hazards).

(19) Endemic Disease. A disease will be characterized as an Endemic Disease in a particular locality, region, state, or U.S. possession based on known positive cases, prevalence of the disease, presence of competent vectors and/or evidence of natural transmission of the disease such that the disease is maintained in the population without external inputs.

(20) Equine. Any member of the family Equidae, including horses, mules, asses, and zebras.

(21) Equine Event Extension. A document accompanied by the original Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI), valid for six (6) months from the date of issuance, and proof of a negative EIA test within the previous twelve (12) months, is accepted by participating states for interstate movement.

(22) Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). A viral disease of horses, commonly known as swamp fever, which is infectious and is spread primarily by bloodsucking insects. Transmission can also occur through transfer of infected blood by fomites, such as contaminated hypodermic needles and other instruments.

(23) Equine Interstate Passport. A card produced by the Department that serves as proof of negative EIA test and OCVI that is accepted by participating states for interstate movement.

(24) Exotic (virulent) Newcastle Disease (END) Approved Test. Antigen capture methodologies recognized by the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) and conducted at a laboratory approved to conduct such tests by the USDA, APHIS.

(25) Feeder Swine. A weaned gilt or barrow weighing forty (40) -- eighty (80) pounds at six (6) -- eight (8) weeks of age that is sold to be finished for slaughter.

(26) Feral Swine. Swine that have lived all (wild) or any part (feral) of their lives as free-roaming. This definition does not include those exotic swine maintained by a zoo or aquarium accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

(27) Import, Imported, Importation. The movement of animals into Florida, from another state, United States (U.S.) possession, or foreign country.

(28) Livestock. Grazing animals, such as cattle, horses, sheep, swine, goats, other hoofed animals, ostriches, emus, and rheas which are raised for private use or commercial purposes.

(29) National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). A cooperative state-federal-industry program for prevention and control of certain hatchery-disseminated diseases and for improvement of Poultry and Poultry Products as provided in 9 C.F.R. §§ 145-147 (2018). 9 C.F.R. §§ 145-147 (2018) is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10899.

(30) Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI). A legible record or certificate made on an official form from the animal's state of origin, issued and signed by veterinarians licensed and accredited in the animal's state of origin for the purpose of certifying the Official Individual Identification, test requirements, and health status of specific animals for movement, exhibition, and other designated purposes.

(31) Official Individual Identification. An individual animal identification that uniquely identifies the animal, the owner, the Premises where the animal was identified, and the state in which the Official Individual Identification was applied as referenced in 9 C.F.R § 86.1., 9 C.F.R. § 86.1 (2018) is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10864.

(32) Owner-Shipper Statement. Any document signed by the owner or shipper as evidence of ownership or authority for possession of and for the transport of animals. Information required on the Owner-Shipper Statement is listed in subsection 5C-3.002(2), F.A.C.

(33) Permit for Movement of Restricted Animals, VS Form 1-27 (JUN 89). A permit issued by an employee of the state or federal government, or a licensed veterinarian accredited by the USDA, who is authorized to conduct animal disease control and eradication activities, prior to the interstate shipment of animals infected or exposed to dangerous transmissible regulated diseases, which shall include:

(a) The number of animals to be moved;

(b) The purpose for which the animals are to be moved;

(c) The points of origin and destination; and,

(d) The consignor and consignee.

Permit for Movement of Restricted Animals, VS Form 1-27 (JUN 89) is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10865.

(34) Poultry. Chickens, turkeys, quail, pheasants, chukars, peafowl, guineas, ratites and waterfowl. The term also includes other Domestic Fowl used for commercial, exhibition or breeding purposes, or as pets.

(35) Poultry and Eggs for Hatching Purposes. A specific designation of those species of Domestic Fowl and the qualified eggs produced by these fowl that are eligible for testing and qualification under the supervision of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). This term is also referred to as Eggs for Hatching Purposes.

(36) Poultry Products. Hatching eggs, chicks, poults, litter, and offal, but not table eggs or processed poultry for human consumption.

(37) Premises. A location where animals are housed or kept.

(38) Premises Identification Number. A nationally unique number assigned by a state, tribal, and/or federal animal health authority to a Premises that is, in the judgment of such state, tribal, and/or federal animal health authority, a geographically distinct location from other Premises.

(39) Prior Permission Number. Specific permission granted by the State Veterinarian or Division representative prior to movement of certain animals and Poultry into Florida. A Prior Permission Number will be granted when the Division determines that the animal(s) meets the requirements of this chapter. When prior permission is required by this chapter, the Prior Permission Number must be written on the OCVI or on the Owner-Shipper Statement accompanying the animal(s). Such prior permission may be either written permission or issuance of a permission number requested by telephone, facsimile message, or email. A Prior Permission Number may be obtained by calling, faxing, or emailing the Division of Animal Industry during normal business hours.

Phone: (850)410-0900

Fax: (850)410-0946

Email: AnimalPermits@FreshFromFlorida.com.

(40) Pullorum-Typhoid (PT) Approved Test. Antibody or antigen capture methodologies recognized by the NPIP and conducted at a laboratory approved to conduct such tests by USDA, APHIS. The NPIP number of a registered flock will be recorded on this form titled, Poultry Testing, FDACS-09123, Rev. 09/17. Poultry Testing, FDACS-09123, Rev. 09/17 is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10866. The test results of Non-NPIP registered flocks will be documented on Poulty Testing, FDACS-09123, Rev. 09/17.

(41) Quarantine. Strict isolation on animals or premises or other defined geographic areas, to prevent the spread of diseases or pests.

(42) Racing Pigeon. Racing Pigeons are homing pigeons used to race. The homing pigeon is a variety of domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica) derived from the rock pigeon, selectively bred to find its way home over extremely long distances.

(43) Recognized Slaughtering Establishment. An animal slaughtering establishment operating under the provisions of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. §§ 601-695), or an equivalent in the animal's state of origin state meat inspection program.

(44) Restricted Animals. Animals that are quarantined, infected with, or exposed to any infectious or communicable disease.

(45) Service Animal. A dog or minature horse as defined and limited in sections 413.08(2)-(4), F.S.

(46) State Veterinarian. The Director of the Division of Animal Industry of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

(47) Transitional Swine. Swine that have been, or have potentially been, exposed to Feral Swine.

(48) Triple Trunk Wash (TW) Culture. A direct test designed to detect viable Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) organisms via culture of material obtained from an elephant trunk wash. The recommended routine Mtb monitoring is an annual triple mycobacterial trunk wash culture. Each testing event should consist of three (3) independent collections on three (3) days within a one (1) week period. It is recommended that food and water be witheld from elephants for two (2) hours before the TW is performed to help minimize the contamination of the TW sample.

(49) Trichomoniasis Approved Test. Testing utilizing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis performed on bovine preputial wash samples submitted by a Category II Accredited Veterinarian to an American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics (AAVLD) accredited laboratory in accordance with protocols provided by the laboratory and consistent with national standards.

(50) USDA, APHIS. The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services.

(51) Vesicular Stomatitis (VS)-Affected State. Any state in which either of the VS virus serotypes New Jersey or Indiana have been diagnosed and one or more Premises is currently under state or USDA, APHIS quarantine.

(52) Working Dogs. Any dog in the possession of a federal, military, state or local governmental agency or private organization that is trained for the purpose of human search and rescue, body recovery, arson detection, bomb detection, narcotics detection, food and agricultural product detection, criminal apprehension, police assistance or other related purposes, whether in the performance of such tasks or while traveling to and from such tasks.

Credits

Adopted June 29, 1962; Amended Feb. 5, 1985; Transferred from 5C-3.01; Amended Sept. 6, 1989, Mar. 23, 1994, June 4, 1995, Dec. 12, 2004. Amended May 24, 2010; Feb. 19, 2014; Feb. 8, 2016; Aug. 19, 2019.

Authority: 570.07(23), 585.002(4), 585.08(2)(a) FS. Law Implemented 570.07(15), 570.36(2), 585.003, 585.08(2)(a), 585.11(1), (4), 585.145(1), (2), 585.16 FS.

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So in original.

 

5C-3.002. General Requirements and Limitations.

(1) Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI) Required. Animals Imported into Florida must be accompanied by an OCVI unless exempted by this rule. The OCVI must be in the possession of the driver of the vehicle or person otherwise in charge of the animals. The OCVI must accompany the animals to their final destinations in Florida.

(a) Information Required. The OCVI must be legible and fully completed by the issuing Accredited Veterinarian and must include the following:

1. The name and address of the consignor;

2. The name and address of the consignee;

3. The physical address and Premises Identification Number of the point of origin, if assigned by state officials in the animal's state of origin. If a Premises Identification Number is assigned by Florida state officials, it will be documented on an Application For Premises Registration, FDACS-09215, Rev. 05/13. as incorporated by reference in rule 5C-31.006, F.A.C.

4. The physical address of the point of destination;

5. The date of examination;

6. The number of animals examined;

7. The Official Individual Identification of each animal, and the name or registered brand or tattoo number;

8. The sex, age, and breed of each identified animal;

9. Test results and herd or state status on certain diseases as specified in this chapter;

10. Prior Permission Number, if required in paragraphs 5C-3.002(3)(a)-(d), F.A.C.;

11. A statement by the issuing veterinarian that the animals identified on the OCVI are free of signs of infectious or communicable disease; and

12. In addition to the above, for Equine only, the establishment or Premises location at which the animal was examined, body temperature at examination, and a description sufficient to identify the individual Equine including name, sex, breed, color, markings, and unique and permanent forms of identification when present (e.g. brands, tattoos, scars, cowlicks, blemishes, or biometeric measurements).

(b) Division Notification. A copy of the OCVI must be forwarded, by the issuing Accredited Veterinarian, within seven (7) calendar days of issuance for all Livestock and Poultry, including Equines, and within thirty (30) days of issuance for all non-livestock species to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, 407 South Calhoun Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0800.

(c) OCVI Notification. The OCVI will be void thirty (30) days from the date of inspection/issuance, with the exception that an OCVI may be valid less than thirty (30) days as provided in subsections 5C-3.002(5) and 5C-3.003(4), F.A.C., or extended as provided in subsection 5C-3.003(5), F.A.C.

(2) Owner-Shipper Statement. Animals which are not required to be accompanied by an OCVI for Importation, as exempted by this chapter, must be accompanied by an Owner-Shipper Statement signed by the owner or agent as evidence of ownership or authority for possession of the transported animals. This document must disclose:

(a) The name and address of the consignor;

(b) The name and address of the consignee;

(c) The physical address of the point of origin;

(d) The physical address of the point of destination;

(e) The number of animals covered by the statement;

(f) A description of the animals and Official Individual Identification as required by subsection 5C-3.002(1), F.A.C., or other identification sufficient to identify them for any and all purposes; and

(g) A Prior Permission Number, if required by this chapter.

(3) Prior Permission Number. A Prior Permission Number is required for:

(a) All farmed or captive Cervids;

(b) All hoofed animals from VS-Affected States;

(c) Equines from Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) affected countries;

(d) Equines consigned directly to a veterinary medical treatment facility for emergency medical care which do not have appropriate documentation for interstate movement;

(e) Poultry and Poultry Products requiring a Prior Permission Number in accordance with paragraphs 5C-3.012(2)(a)-(f), F.A.C.;

(f) Animals exposed to or infected with a contagious, infectious, communicable, or dangerous transmissible disease;

(g) Cattle or bison from states with less than Accredited Tuberculosis-Free or Brucellosis Class-Free status; pursuant to 9 CFR §§ 77 and 78.

(h) All swine; and

(i) Equines Imported from U.S. possessions where Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) is endemic.

(4) Restricted Animals. All Restricted Animals must be accompanied by a Permit for Movement of Restricted Animals, VS Form 1-27 (JUN 89) as adopted by reference in rule 5C-3.001, F.A.C., permit, have a Prior Permission Number, and the Prior Permission Number must be written on the Permit for Movement of Restricted Animals, VS Form 1-27 (JUN 89) for Importation into Florida or to be transported within Florida.

(5) Vesicular Stomatitis.

(a) Certification for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS).

1. All hoofed animals, including horses, ruminants, swine, exotic, and wild hoofed animals, not originating from a Premises within ten (10) miles of an affected Premises in a VS-Affected State must be accompanied by an OCVI, dated within five (5) days of entry or reentry into Florida. The OCVI must be signed by an Accredited Veterinarian.

2. The following statement must be written on the OCVI by the examining Accredited Veterinarian: “All animals susceptible to Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) identified and included in this OCVI for shipment have been examined and found to be free from clinical signs and vectors of VS, have not been in contact with VS-affected animals, and have not been within ten (10) miles of a VS-affected Premises within the last thirty (30) days.”

(b) Prior Permission Number. Animals originating from non-affected Premises in a VS-affected state will require a Prior Permission Number. The Prior Permission Number must be written on the OCVI.

(6) Violations. Violators of this rule chapter will be penalized in accordance with rule 5C-30.003, F.A.C.

Credits

Adopted June 29, 1962; Amended Feb. 5, 1985; Transferred from 5C-3.02; Amended Sept. 6, 1989, Mar. 23, 1994, June 4, 1995, Dec. 12, 2004. Amended May 24, 2010; Aug. 19, 2019.

Authority: 570.07(23), 585.002(4), 585.08(2)(a) FS. Law Implemented 570.07(15), 570.36(2), 585.11(1), 585.145(1), (2), 585.16 FS.

 

5C-3.003. Equine.

(1) Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI) Required. The OCVI must list the description sufficient to identify the individual Equine including name, age, breed, color, gender, distinctive markings, and unique and permanent forms of identification when present (eg. Brands, tattoos, scars, cowlicks, or blemishes), and temperature at the time of exam. An OCVI must accompany all Equines Imported into Florida, except the following:

(a) Equines consigned directly to a veterinary medical treatment facility for emergency medical care until treatment is completed and the Equine exits the state; or

(b) Equines accompanied by an Equine Event Extension document, Equine Interstate Passport Card, or equivalent from the animal's state of origin, signed by the State Veterinarian or chief animal health official as provided in subsection 5C-3.003(5), F.A.C.

(2) Prior Permission Number. A Prior Permission Number must be obtained for:

(a) Equines consigned directly to a veterinary medical treatment facility for emergency medical care which do not have appropriate documentation for interstate movement;

(b) Equines Imported into Florida from areas within the United States or foreign countries, where Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) is endemic; or

(c) Equines Imported into Florida from countries where Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) is endemic; or

(d) Equines Imported into Florida from non-affected Premises in VS-Affected States.

(3) Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) Test.

(a) All Equines Imported into Florida must be accompanied by evidence of an official negative EIA serologic test as provided in the Equine Infectious Anemia: Uniform Methods and Rules, APHIS 91-55-064, January 10, 2007, completed within twelve (12) months prior to Importation. Equine Infectious Anemia: Uniform Methods and Rules, APHIS 91-55-064, January 10, 2007 is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10867. The following are exempt from the EIA Serologic testing requirement:

1. Foals under six (6) months of age accompanied by their dam which has met the EIA test requirements; and

2. Equines exempted from the OCVI requirement under paragraph 5C-3.003(1)(a), F.A.C.

(b) The EIA test information must be recorded on the OCVI, the Equine Event Extension document, the Equine Interstate Passport Card, or equivalent from the animal's state of origin as provided in subsection 5C-3.003(5), F.A.C., approved by the State Veterinarian or chief animal health official, and must include the following:

1. The date the EIA test sample was collected;

2. The result of the test;

3. The name of the testing laboratory; and

4. The laboratory accession number.

(4) Equine Piroplasmosis Requirements.

(a) The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands of the United States have been determined to be endemic for Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) and Equines moved from these areas to Florida are subject to the requirements of paragraphs 5C-3.003(2)(b) and (4)(b), (c) and (d), F.A.C. Pursuant to section 585.14, F.S., the Division of Animal Industry, under the direction of the State Veterinarian, shall publish notice of other localities, regions, states, or U.S. possessions, where Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) is determined to be endemic on its website (www.FreshFromFlorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Animal-Industry) and in the Florida Administrative Register as necessary.

(b) Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI). Notwithstanding paragraph 5C-3.002(1)(c), F.A.C., for Equines from localities, regions, states, or U.S. possessions where Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) is determined to be endemic, the inspection date of the OCVI that must accompany Equines Imported into or through the State of Florida shall be issued no more than fourteen (14) days prior to the entry of the Equine into the state. The OCVI must also include the following statement: “No animals identified on this certificate have not been on a Premises found positive for Theileria equi (Babesia Equi) or Babesia caballi or under quarantine within the past thirty (30) days. All animals identified on this certificate have been inspected and found free of ticks, and have been thoroughly treated with an approved acaricide labeled for use in Equine within fourteen (14) days of entry.”

(c) Testing. All Equines Imported into Florida from localities, regions, states or U.S. possessions where Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) is determined to be endemic must be accompanied by evidence of a negative Competitive Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (cELISA) test for both Babesia caballi and Theileria equi (Babesia equi), performed at the USDA, APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) or other laboratory authorized by the USDA, APHIS, NVSL. The blood sample for the test must be taken within thirty (30) days prior to entry into Florida. The result and accession number must be listed on the OCVI.

(d) Tick Vectors. All Equines identified on the OCVI as originating from localities, regions, states, or U.S. possessions where Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) is determined to be endemic must be examined for, and found free of, ticks and must be thoroughly treated for ticks with a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered acaricide labeled for use in horses.

(e) Exemption. Equines from Florida consigned to localities, regions, states, or U.S. possessions where Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) is determined to be endemic that are returned to Florida within thirty (30) days of the issuance of the Florida OCVI are exempt from the requirements of this rule.

(5) Equine Event Extension, FDACS-09051 Rev. 03/06 is hereby incorporated by reference and can be found online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10868 or Equine Interstate Passport Card. Equine Interstate Passport Card FDACS-09207 Rev. 08/18 is herby incorporated by reference and can be found online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10869. Equine Event Extension document, or Equine Interstate Passport Card, or equivalent from the animal's state of origin, when used in place of an OCVI, must certify the existence of an official negative EIA test within the previous twelve (12) months and a valid OCVI. The Equine Event Extension document, Equine Interstate Passport Card, or equivalent from the animal's state of origin, will be valid for up to six (6) months from date of issuance of the OCVI provided that:

(a) The purpose is to allow routine intrastate and interstate movement of Equines to attend events such as horse shows or exhibitions, fairs, and trail rides. These documents may not be used for movement of Equines for breeding purposes or change of ownership.

(b) The Equine Event Extension document or Equine Interstate Passport Card, or equivalent from the animal's state of origin shall include all other information required by subsections 5C-3.002(1) and 5C-3.003(3), F.A.C.;

(c) The Equine Event Extension document or Equine Interstate Passport Card, or equivalent of the animal's state of origin expiration date will not be later than the expiration date of the EIA test or six (6) months from date of issue of the OCVI.

(d) An Equine Event Extension document or Equine Interstate Passport Card or equivalent from the animal's state of origin, does not supersede or replace the requirements of any given event; and

(e) An Equine Event Extension document, or Equine Interstate Passport Card, may be applied for by owners of Florida-origin horses, by submitting an Application for Equine Event Extension, FDACS-09078 Rev. 09/17 or an Application for Equine Interstate Passport Card, FDACS-09219 Rev. 12/09, to: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, 407 South Calhoun Street, Mayo Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0800, or by Fax at (850)410-0949. Application for Equine Event Extension, FDACS-09078 Rev. 09/17 is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10870.

Application for Equine Interstate Passport Card, FDACS-09219 Rev. 12/09 is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10871. Applications may be obtained from: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, 407 South Calhoun Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0800, or by Fax at (850)410-0949.

(6) Brucellosis. Equines which are positive to a brucellosis test or which show evidence of “poll evil” or “fistulous withers,” whether draining or not, will not be allowed to enter the state for any purpose.

Credits

Amended Nov. 21, 1965, June 26, 1966, Mar. 1, 1972, Oct. 15, 1973, Mar. 17, 1976, Sept. 14, 1982, Feb. 5, 1985; Transferred from 5C-3.03; Amended Sept. 6, 1989, Mar. 23, 1994, June 4, 1995, Dec. 12, 2004; May 24, 2010; Aug. 19, 2019.

Authority: 570.07(23), 585.002(4), 585.08(2) FS. Law Implemented 570.07(15), 570.36(2), 585.002(5), 585.08(1), (2)(a), 585.14, 585.145(1), (2), 585.16 FS.

 

5C-3.004. Cattle or Bison.

(1) Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI) Required. All cattle or bison Imported into Florida must be accompanied by an OCVI, except the following, which must be accompanied by an Owner-Shipper Statement as provided in subsection 5C-3.002(2), F.A.C.:

(a) Cattle or bison consigned directly to an Approved Livestock Facility;

(b) Cattle or bison consigned directly to Recognized Slaughtering Establishments;

(c) Cattle moving directly to an Approved Tagging Site and returning to the out of state Premises of origin;

(d) Cattle moving under a Commuter Herd Agreement;

(e) Cattle moving from an Approved Livestock Facility in Georgia, Alabama, or Mississippi and moving directly to Florida, accompanied by an approved state of origin Permit for Interstate Movement from a USDA Approved Livestock Facility; and

(2) Official Individual Identification. The OCVI must list the individual animal identification unless exempted by this rule. The Official Individual Identification requirements for cattle include:

(a) Identification that complies with 9 C.F.R. § 86.4(a)(1) (2013), as incorporated in rule 5C-31.006, F.A.C.; or

(b) Tattoos and registered brands such as ear breed registration tattoos when accompanied by breed registration papers or an official breed registration brand when accompanied by a breed registration certificate; or

(c) Is submitted to and verified by the Department as meeting the requirements for Official Individual Indentifications such that state officials can determine the herd in which the animal was officially identified.

(d) Animals exempt from the Official Identification requirements are:

1. Beef cattle less than eighteen (18) months of age, unless consigned to exhibition or rodeo;

2. Cattle consigned directly to an Approved Tagging Site;

3. Cattle consigned directly to an Approved Livestock Facility;

4. Cattle consigned directly to Recognized Slaughtering Establishments; or

5. Cattle moving under an approved Commuter Herd Agreement and Owner-Shipper Statement.

(3) Other Requirements and Limitations.

(a) Cattle or bison infected with or exposed to tuberculosis or brucellosis or which are positive to an organism detection test for paratuberculosis (Johne's Disease) may be Imported only if consigned directly to a Recognized Slaughtering Establishment. Such animals must be accompanied by a Permit for Movement of Restricted Animals, VS Form 1-27 (JUN 89) and must have a Prior Permission Number. The Prior Permission Number must be written on the Permit for Movement of Restricted Animals, VS Form 1-27 (JUN 89).

(b) Permit for Interstate Movement from USDA Approved Livestock Facility, FDACS-09158 Rev. 04/18, or equivalent form approved by the state of origin, can be issued by an Approved Livestock Facility as a valid interstate movement document for cattle moving between Florida, Alabama, Georgia, or Mississippi. Permit for Interstate Movement from USDA Approved Livestock Facility, FDACS-09158 Rev. 04/18 is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10872. For cattle orginating at an Approved Livestock Facility in Florida, this form must be completed fully and legibly. Within seven (7) days of sale, a copy of the form must be submitted, to: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, Cattle Programs Office, 2232 North East Jacksonville Road, Ocala, Florida 34470; and by Fax at (352)620-7212; and by Email at CattleForms@FreshFromFlorida.com. This form must include the following information:

1. Name of the Approved Livestock Facility;

2. State of destination;

3. Date of sale;

4. Purchaser and phone number;

5. Complete physical location of destination including contact phone number;

6. Animal description including USDA backtag number or lot number. If no backtag was applied, age, sex, breed (to include designation as dairy or beef cattle), invoice number, and Official Identification, unless specifically exempt below:

a. Cattle moving directly to slaughter are exempt from Official Identification requirement. Backtag information need not be listed on the Permit for Interstate Movement from a USDA Approved Livestock Facility, FDACS-09158 Rev. 04/18 if provided on the invoice and the invoice is attached.

b. Beef cattle less than eighteen (18) months of age are exempt from the Official Identification requirement.

(c) Commuter Herd Agreement is an official document issued by participating states, which is used in lieu of an Official Certficate of Veterinary Insection (OCVI). All Official Individual Identification requirements and interstate disease testing requirements must be met. A Commuter Herd Agreement must be applied for by owners of Florida-origin cattle by submitting a completed Commuter Herd Agreement FDACS-09264 Rev. 06/19 to: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, Cattle Programs Office, 2232 North East Jacksonville Road, Ocala, Florida 34470; Fax: (352)620-7212; Email: CattleForms@FreshFromFlorida.com. Commuter Herd Agreement FDACS-09264 Rev. 06/19 is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10873.

(d) Testing Requirements.

1. Tuberculosis Test.

a. Dairy cattle, six (6) months of age or older, which originate from accredited tuberculosis-free herds in tuberculosis-free states or areas, may enter Florida without tuberculosis testing. The herd accreditation number and state or area status and date of last negative herd test within the previous twelve (12) months must be listed on the OCVI.

b. Dairy cattle moved into Florida from adjacent states as part of normal ranching or farm operations between Premises under common ownership or management are exempt from the tuberculosis testing requirements of this section if:

(I) They are moved from a closed herd or a herd which requires herd additions to be tested for tuberculosis prior to entry into the herd; and

(II) There is no change of ownership of the animals and the movement between Premises does not exceed 50 miles.

c. Beef cattle or bison, six (6) months of age or older, which originate from an accredited tuberculosis-free herd or tuberculosis-free state or area may enter Florida without tuberculosis testing. The accredited tuberculosis-free herd number and the date of the last negative herd test within the previous twelve (12) months or the tuberculosis-free state or area status must be written on the OCVI.

d. All other dairy and beef cattle or bison, six (6) months of age or older, which are not otherwise exempt from negative tuberculosis test requirements, must test negative to an official tuberculosis test, as provided in the Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication, Uniform Methods and Rules, APHIS 91-45-011, Effective January 1, 2005, within sixty (60) days prior to entry into Florida. Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication Uniform Methods and Rules, APHIS 91-45-011, Effective January 1, 2005 is hereby incorporated by reference and can be found online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10877. The test date and negative tuberculin test results must be recorded on the OCVI.

e. Rodeo Bulls or Roping Steers.

(I) Rodeo bulls or roping steers, six (6) months of age or older, performing in rodeo events must have a negative test for tuberculosis within twelve (12) months prior to being Imported into Florida.

(II) Rodeo bulls, six (6) months of age or older, Imported for purposes other than performing in rodeo events must meet the requirements of sub-subparagraph 5C-3.004(3)(b)1.c. or d., F.A.C.

f. All cattle or bison consigned directly to a recognized slaughtering establishment may enter Florida without tuberculosis testing.

2. Brucellosis Test.

a. A brucellosis test is not required for dairy and beef cattle or bison for Importation into Florida provided that the animals:

(I) Originate from a Brucellosis Class-Free State or Area;

(II) Originate from a Certified Brucellosis Free Herd. The herd certification number and date of the last negative herd test within the previous twelve (12) months must be listed on the OCVI;

(III) Are official brucellosis vaccinated animals under eighteen (18) months of age, or are steers or spayed heifers;

(IV) Are consigned directly to a recognized slaughtering establishment.

b. A negative brucellosis test, as provided in the Brucellosis Eradication: Uniform Methods and Rules, USDA, APHIS 91-45-013, Effective October 1, 2003, is required within thirty (30) days prior to Importation for dairy and beef cattle or bison not exempted in sub-subparagraph 5C-3.004(3)(d)2.a., F.A.C. Brucellosis Eradication: Uniform Methods and Rules, USDA, APHIS 91-45-013, Effective October 1, 2003, is hereby incorporated by reference and can be found online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10878.

c. Rodeo Bulls.

(I) Rodeo bulls performing in rodeo events may be Imported without tests provided the bulls are not changing ownership and are under eighteen (18) months of age; or individual bulls are negative to a brucellosis test, as provided in the Brucellosis Eradication: Uniform Methods and Rules, USDA, APHIS 91-45-013, Effective October 1, 2003, within twelve (12) months prior to Importation.

(II) Rodeo bulls Imported for purposes other than performing in rodeo events must meet the requirements for Importation in sub-subparagraph 5C-3.004(3)(d)2.a. or b., F.A.C., above.

3. Trichomoniasis Testing

a. All non-virgin bulls and all bulls eighteen (18) months of age and older, which are not otherwise exempt from negative trichomoniasis test requirements, must test negative to an official Trichomoniasis Approved Test, as defined in subsection 5C-3.001(49), F.A.C., within sixty (60) days prior to entry into Florida. The laboratory name, accession number, test date, negative trichomoniasis test results and Official Identification must be recorded on the OCVI or Owner-Shipper Statement. Exemptions to the trichomoniasis testing requirement are:

(I) Bulls consigned directly to a Recongnized Slaughtering Establishment.

(II) Bulls entering Florida, moving directly to an Approved Livestock Facility and being sold in slaughter only channels. Test eligible bulls moving directly to an Approved Livestock Facility which are not accompanied by a negative Approved Trichomoniasis Test shall be visibly identified and shall be announced during the sale as selling for slaughter only. These bulls must move directly from the Approved Livestock Facility to a Recognized Slaughtering Establishment.

(III) Bulls entering Florida for exhibition or rodeo, provided they do not commingle with female cattle and return to state of origin immediately following exhibition or rodeo event.

(IV) Virgin bulls less than eighteen (18) months of age, as determined by breed registry records or absence of permanent central incisor teeth in wear. The OCVI or Owner-Shipper Statement must include any and all identification and a statement declaring the bull(s) as virgin and less than eighteen (18) months of age.

b. Approved Livestock Facilities shall maintain a list of all Trichomoniasis test eligible bulls arriving via interstate movement, and shall indicate whether or not the bull has a negative Trichomoniasis test. The list of bulls, Trichomoniasis test status, and a copy of all the negative Approved Trichomoniasis Test reports shall be made available to Department personnel for verification on the day of the sale.

c. Bulls eighteen (18) months of age and older, moving under a Commuter Herd Agreement, FDACS-09264, Rev. 06/19, are to be accompanied by proof of a negative annual Trichomoniasis Approved Test within twelve (12) months of movement. The following statement shall be on the accompanying Owner-Shipper Statement: “All herd bulls over eighteen (18) months of age are tested annually for Trichomoniasis and all herd bull additions are tested negative prior to commingling. The bull(s) included in this shipment have not commingled with Trichomoniasis positive bulls or cows exposed to Trichomoniasis positive bulls.”

(4) Prior Permission Number. A Prior Permission Number shall be required for all cattle or bison originating from:

(a) Non-Tuberculosis Accredited-Free State or areas,

(b) Non-Brucellosis Class-Free State or areas, or

(c) VS Affected-States.

Credits

Amended Mar. 22, 1963, Aug. 20, 1964, Sept. 23, 1965, July 25, 1966, Nov. 15, 1967, Mar. 1, 1968, Mar. 12, 1970, July 1, 1970, Sept. 1, 1972, Apr. 5, 1977, July 1, 1979, July 1, 1980, Sept. 30, 1980, Aug. 9, 1981, Sept. 14, 1982, June 26, 1983, Feb. 5, 1985; Transferred from 5C-3.04; Amended Sept. 6, 1989, Mar. 23, 1994, June 4, 1995, Dec. 12, 2004; May 24, 2010; Aug. 19, 2019.

 

  5C-3.005. Goats or Sheep.

(1) Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI) Required. All goats or sheep Imported into Florida, except goats or sheep consigned directly to Recognized Slaughtering Establishments, must be accompanied by an OCVI. The OCVI must include the following:

(a) The Official Individual Identification of each animal which must conform to the identification guidelines of the USDA, APHIS Scrapie Eradication Uniform Methods and Rules, USDA, APHIS 91-55-079, June 1, 2005. USDA, APHIS Scrapie Eradication Uniform Methods and Rules, USDA, APHIS 91-55-079, June 1, 2005 is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10879. Approved methods of identification include:

1. Official USDA-APHIS-VS Scrapie eartags;

2. Premises identification tattoos (must be legible and contain the flock number and unique animal number. The flock number is assigned by the USDA, APHIS and is required to be on the OCVI);

3. Official breed registry tattoos (must be accompanied by either the official breed registration certificate or an OCVI that includes the corresponding official registration number); or

4. Electronic microchip/implant (must be accompanied by owner statement of ID numbers, chip manufacturer, chip reader for verification of placement and the USDA flock number recorded on the OCVI) when the breed registry allows for electronic implant identification, as recorded on a registration certificate.

(b) A statement that each goat or sheep is free of the clinical signs of the diseases: caseous lymphadenitis, contagious ecthyma (Orf), chlamydial keratoconjunctivitis, scabies, scrapie, and contagious footrot.

(2) Prior Permission Number. A Prior Permission Number shall be required for all sheep or goats originating from VS-affected states under state or USDA, APHIS quarantine. The Prior Permission Number must be written on the OCVI.

(3) Immediate Slaughter Goats or Sheep. Slaughter goats or sheep are not required to have an OCVI, as exempted by this rule, but do require:

(a) Owner-Shipper Statement. Evidence of ownership or authority to transport the animals as provided in subsection 5C-3.002(2), F.A.C.; and

(b) Official Identification. All goats or sheep entering Florida for slaughter purposes must be individually identified in accordance with paragraph 5C-3.005(1)(a), F.A.C.; and

(c) The goats or sheep must be moved directly to a Recognized Slaughter Establishment without stopping or unloading at other livestock facilities in route.

(4) Testing Requirements for Dairy Goats.

(a) Tuberculosis Test. Dairy goats six (6) months of age or older must originate from an Accredited Tuberculosis-Free Herd, or have had a negative caudal fold tuberculosis test within ninety (90) days prior to Importation into Florida. If originating from an Accredited Tuberculosis-Free Herd, the herd accreditation number and date of last herd accreditation test within the previous twelve (12) months must be written on the OCVI.

(b) Brucellosis Test. Dairy goats six (6) months of age or older must originate from a Certified Brucellosis-Free Herd, or have documentation of a negative brucellosis test within ninety (90) days prior to Importation to Florida. If orginating from a Certified Brucellosis-Free Herd, the herd certification number and date of the last herd certification test within the previous twelve (12) months must be written on the OCVI.

(c) Test Exemptions. There are no tuberculosis or brucellosis test requirements for meat type or pygmy goats.

Credits

Adopted June 29, 1962; Amended Feb. 5, 1985; Transferred from 5C-3.05; Amended Sept. 6, 1989, Mar. 23, 1994, June 4, 1995, Dec. 12, 2004. Amended May 24, 2010; Aug. 19, 2019.

Authority: 570.07(23), 585.002(4), 585.08(2) FS. Law Implemented 570.07(15), 570.36(2), 585.08(1), (2)(a), 585.145(1), (2), 585.16 FS.

 

5C-3.007. Swine.

(1) Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI) Required. All swine Imported into Florida, except swine consigned directly to a Recognized Slaughtering Establishment or an Approved Livestock Facility for sale to slaughter, must be accompanied by an OCVI. Swine exempted from the OCVI requirement must be accompanied by an Owner-Shipper Statement as provided in subsection 5C-3.002(2), F.A.C.

(2) The OCVI must contain the Official Individual Identification. Official Individual Identification is required for all swine, six (6) months of age or older. Official Individual Identification for swine includes:

(a) Identification that complies with the United States Department of Agriculture 9 C.F.R. §§ 71.19(a)-(c) (2018). United States Department of Agriculture 9 C.F.R. §§ 71.19(a)-(c) (2018) is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10880, or

(b) Breed registration tattoos, or ear notches, when accompanied by breed registration papers,

(3) Prior Permission Number. A Prior Permission Number is required on all swine Imported into Florida. The Prior Permission Number must be written on the OCVI or Owner-Shipper Statement accompanying the animals.

(4) Testing Requirements.

(a) Brucellosis Test.

1. All swine six (6) months of age or older Imported into Florida, not consigned directly to a Recognized Slaughtering Establishment must:

a. Originate from herds not known to be infected with or exposed to brucellosis and be accompanied by proof of an official negative brucellosis test, as provided in 9 CFR § 78.1 and 78.33(b)(2) (2018), conducted within thirty (30) days prior to Importation. 9 C.F.R. §§ 78.1 and 78.33(b)(2) (2018) are hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10901 and http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10881;

b. Originate directly from a Validated Brucellosis-Free Herd. The Validated Brucellosis-Free Herd number and the date of the last certification test within the past twelve (12) months must be written on the OCVI.

(b) Pseudorabies Test.

1. All swine six (6) months of age or older Imported into Florida, not consigned directly to a Recognized Slaughtering Establishment must:

a. Originate from a herd not known to be infected with or exposed to pseudorabies and be accompanied by proof of an official negative pseudorabies test, as provided in 9 CFR §§ 85.1 and 85.7(c)(2) (2018), conducted within thirty (30) days prior to Importation. 9 C.F.R. §§ 85.1 and 85.7(c)(2) (2018) are hereby incorporated by reference and is available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10909 and http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10882;

b. Originate from a Qualified Pseudorabies-Negative (QN) Herd, or

c. Originate from a Pseudorabies-Monitored Feeder Pig Herd (MFPH);

(5) Immediate Slaughter Swine.

Swine not known to be infected with or exposed to brucellosis or pseudorabies may enter Florida without tests, for slaughter purposes, provided they are accompanied by an Owner-Shipper Statement, have Official Individual Identification as required in subsection 5C-3.007(2), F.A.C., and have a Prior Permission Number. The Prior Permission Number and Official Identification must be written on the accompanying document. Such swine must be:

(a) Consigned directly to a Recognized Slaughtering Establishment; or

(b) Consigned directly to an Approved Livestock Facility and then sold to a Recognized Slaughtering Establishment.

(6) Transitional Swine.

Transitional Swine may be Imported into Florida provided they are accompanied by an OCVI, have Official Individual Identification as required in subsection 5C-3.007(2), F.A.C., and have a Prior Permission Number. The Prior Permission Number and Official Identification must be written on the accompanying document. Transitional swine may be Imported into Florida for slaughter as provided in subsection 5C-3.007(5), F.A.C. Transitional swine Imported into Florida, not consigned directly to a Recognized Slaughter Facility, must be:

(a) Tested negative for pseudorabies and brucellosis, as provided in 9 C.F.R. §§ 85.1 and 78.33(b)(2) (2018), on two (2) consecutive official tests conducted not less than thirty (30) days apart with the last test being within thirty (30) days of Importation; and

(b) They have been isolated from all other swine, from the time of the first pseudorabies and brucellosis test until Imported into Florida.

(7) Feral Swine may not be Imported into Florida.

Credits

Amended Mar. 24, 1965, Nov. 7, 1967, June 20, 1968, Jan. 1, 1971, Mar. 1, 1972, Aug. 4, 1977, Feb. 5, 1985, Oct. 23, 1985; Transferred from 5C-3.07; Amended Sept. 6, 1989, Mar. 23, 1994, Dec. 12, 2004; May 24, 2010; Aug. 19, 2019.

Authority: 570.07(23), 585.002(4), 585.08(2) FS. Law Implemented 570.07(15), 570.36(2), 585.08(1), (2)(a), 585.145(1), (2), 585.16 FS.

 

5C-3.009. Dogs or Cats.

(1) Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI) Required. Except for dogs or cats Imported only for exhibition purposes, which will remain in the state for less than six (6) months, any Service Animal, any Working Dog, and any privately owned pets traveling with their owners, all dogs and cats imported into Florida must be accompanied by an OCVI stating that they:

(a) Are free from signs of any infectious or communicable disease;

(b) Did not originate within an area under quarantine for rabies; and

(c) Are not known to have a history of exposure to a rabies-infected animal prior to Importation.

(2) Dogs or Cats for Sale or Adoption Requirements for Importation.

(a) Each dog or cat Imported into Florida must:

1. Be accompanied by an OCVI, and

2. Meet the minimum standards for vaccinations, tests, and anthelmintic treatments, and be eight (8) weeks of age or older as specified in section 828.29, F.S.

(b) Evidence of Compliance with section 828.29, F.S., shall accompany the owner or agent having custody of such dogs or cats Imported into Florida or to which ownership is being transferred.

(3) Rabies Vaccination. All dogs or cats, three (3) months of age and older, transported into Florida, including exhibition dogs or cats, Service Animals, Working Dogs, and privately owned pets traveling with their owners, must have proof of a current rabies vaccination.

(4) Prior Permission Number. Dogs or cats originating from areas under quarantine for rabies must have a Prior Permission Number from the Division as provided in subsection 5C-3.002(3), F.A.C. The Prior Permission Number must be written on the OCVI.

Credits

Adopted June 29, 1962; Amended Feb. 5, 1985; Transferred from 5C-3.09; Amended Sept. 6, 1989, Mar. 23, 1994, June 4, 1995, Dec. 12, 2004. Amended May 24, 2010; Aug. 19, 2019.

Authority: 570.07(23), 585.002(4), 585.08(2) FS. Law Implemented 570.07(15), 570.36(2), 585.08(1), (2)(a), 585.145(1), (2), 585.16, 828.29(1)(a), (2)(a) FS.

 

5C-3.011. Cervids (Farmed or Captive).

(1) Farmed or captive Cervids will be denied entry into the State of Florida unless accompanied by a valid Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission license or permit as referenced in rule 68A-4.0051, F.A.C., except Cervidae, other than white-tailed deer, which are:

(a) Moving to and originating from a zoological facilities which meet or exceed all applicable Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation standards (2013) as required by subsection 68A-4.0051(1) F.A.C.; or

(b) Reindeer entering temporarily (less than ninety (90) days for exhibition) provided that:

1. The reindeer do not originate from a facility located in a county where Chronic Wasting Disease has been documented or a county which adjoins to a county where Chronic Wasting Disease has been documented; and

2. Will not be kept at a Premises in Florida with other species of the family Cervidae.

(2) Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Status.

(a) All Cervids Imported into Florida must originate from herds that are performing CWD surveillance and are not located in a county or an adjoining county where CWD has been documented; and

(b) The animal health officials in the originating state must confirm the surveillance and the location of any positive CWD cases in the originating state.

(3) Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI) Required.

(a) All Cervids Imported into Florida must be accompanied by an OCVI. The OCVI must list the official identification of each animal, the date and negative results for any required tests as provided below, and a Prior Permission Number.

(b) All information required on the OCVI must be completed by the issuing Accredited Veterinarian and shall include:

1. The name, physical address and phone number of the consignor;

2. The name, physical address and phone number of the consignee;

3. The point of origin;

4. The point of destination;

5. The date of examination;

6. The number of animals examined;

7. The Official Individual Identification number of each cervid;

8. The age, sex, and breed of each animal;

9. The test results and CWD herd status for brucellosis and tuberculosis as specified in rule 5C-26.005, F.A.C.

10. A statement by the issuing Accredited Veterinarian that the animals identified on the OCVI are free of signs of infectious, communicable, or neurologic disease;

11. The phone number of the issuing Accredited Veterinarian;

12. The purpose for which the animals are being moved;

13. The CWD herd status of the herd of origin; and

14. The prior permission number.

(c) A copy of the OCVI shall be forwarded immediately by Email to AnimalPermits@FreshFromFlorida.com or via facsimile message, Fax: (850)410-0946, to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, prior to shipment for review and verification that Import requirements have been met and issuance of a Prior Permission Number.

(d) The OCVI shall be void thirty (30) days after issuance.

(4) Prior Permission Number. All Cervids Imported into Florida, must have a Prior Permission Number. The Prior Permission Number must be written on the OCVI accompanying the animals.

(5) Testing Requirements and Exemptions.

(a) Chronic Wasting Disease Test. There is no chronic wasting disease test presently required for Importation of Cervids into Florida. However, the animal(s) Imported must meet the requirements of subsection 5C-3.011(2), F.A.C., prior to Importation.

(b) Tuberculosis Test.

1. Cervids from an Accredited Tuberculosis-Free Herd, as provided in 9 C.F.R. §§ 77.33(f) (2018), are exempt from this test. 9 C.F.R. § 77.33(f) (2018) is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10883. The herd status must be listed on the accompanying OCVI.

2. Cervids which do not originate from Accredited Tuberculosis-Free Herds and are not known to be affected with or exposed to tuberculosis may be Imported into Florida if they are:

a. Under six (6) months of age;

b. Originate from a herd which has been classified negative to an official tuberculosis test, as provided in 9 C.F.R. § 77.20 (2018), of all eligible animals conducted within the past twelve (12) months, and the animals to be Imported are negative to a second official tuberculosis test conducted within ninety (90) days of Importation. 9 C.F.R. § 77.20 (2018) is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10884;

c. The animals to be Imported have two (2) consecutive negative official tuberculosis tests, as provided in 9 C.F.R. § 77.20 (2018), conducted not less than ninety (90) days apart, the second test conducted within ninety (90) days prior to Importation, with animals isolated from all other members of the herd during the testing period;

d. The official tuberculosis test results and dates of tests must be recorded on the OCVI accompanying the animals.

(c) Brucellosis Test.

1. Cervids originating from a Certified Brucellosis-Free Herd as defined in the USDA, APHIS, Brucellosis in Cervidae: Uniform Methods and Rules, USDA, APHIS 91-45-16, Effective September 30, 2003, are exempt from this test. USDA, APHIS, Brucellosis in Cervidae: Uniform Methods and Rules, APHIS 91-45-16, Effective September 30, 2003, is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10885. The herd status must be listed on the accompanying OCVI.

2. Cervids which do not originate from Certified Brucellosis-Free Herds and are not known to be affected with or exposed to brucellosis may be Imported if they are:

a. Under six (6) months of age;

b. Sexually intact animals, six (6) months of age or older, and negative to an official brucellosis test, as provided in the Brucellosis in Cervidae: Uniform Methods and Rules, APHIS 91-45-16, Effective September 30, 2003, conducted within ninety (90) days prior to Importation. The official brucellosis negative test results must be recorded on the OCVI accompanying the animals.

(6) Consignee's herd shall be registered and comply with requirements of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Cervidae Herd Health Plan as provided in chapter 5C-26, F.A.C.

Credits

Adopted Mar. 23, 1994; Amended Dec. 12, 2004. Amended May 24, 2010; Aug. 19, 2019.

Authority: 570.07(23), 585.002(4), 585.08(2) FS. Law Implemented 570.07(15), 570,36(2), 585.08(1), (2)(a), 585.145(1), (2) FS.

 

5C-3.012. Domestic Fowl, Poultry, Poultry Products and Ratites.

(1) Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI) Required. All Domestic Fowl, Poultry, and Eggs For Hatching Purposes Imported into Florida, unless exempted by this rule, must be accompanied by an OCVI. Poultry and Eggs For Hatching Purposes under provisions of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) may substitute Report of Sales of Hatching Eggs, Chicks, and Poults, VS Form 9-3 (FEB 2016), for the OCVI. Report of Sales of Hatching Eggs, Chicks, and Poults, VS Form 9-3 (FEB 2016) is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10886. Racing Pigeons that are transported out of Florida for racing purposes in a sealed crate(s) and reenter Florida with unbroken seals are exempt from the OCVI Importation requirements. The OCVI or VS Form 9-3 must include the Official Identification approved by the United States Department of Agriculture in accordance with 9 C.F.R. §§ 86.4(a)(3) (2018). 9 C.F.R. §§ 86.4(a)(3) (2018) is hereby incorporated by reference and can be found online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10887.

(2) Prior Permission Number. To acquire a Prior Permission Number, an Official Avian Permit FDACS-09257, Rev. 05/18 must be completed and submitted to the Division of Animal Industry. Official Avian Permit FDACS-09257, Rev. 05/18 is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10891. A Prior Permission Number is required on the accompanying documentation for Importation of all Domestic Fowl, Poultry, and Eggs For Hatching Purposes, except those listed below in paragraphs (a)-(f), that originate from a state not affected by Exotic New Castle Disease (END) or Avian Influenze (AI):

(a) Poultry consigned directly to a Recognized Slaughtering Establishment for slaughter;

(b) Individual exotic birds;

(c) Racing Pigeons returning to Florida in unbroken, sealed containers;

(d) Exhibition birds originating in NPIP participating flocks in Florida and returning to Florida;

(e) Those shipments moving through Florida for transhipment outside of the United States and traveling on an international OCVI, consigning the shipment to a foreign country, provided the shipping containers are not opened in Florida.

(f) Eggs for Hatching Purposes or chicks less than four (4) days of age originating from NPIP participating flocks accompanied by a Report of Sales of Hatching Eggs, Chicks, and Poults, VS Form 9-3 (FEB 2016).

(3) Testing Requirements.

(a) Pullorum-Typhoid testing requirement.

1. An official negative test for Pullorum-Typhoid, as provided in 9 C.F.R. §§ 147.1-147.5 (2018), as adopted in rule 5C-3.001, F.A.C., is required within thirty (30) days of Importation into Florida for poultry or on the flock from which Eggs for Hatching Purposes originate. However, no Pullorum-Typhoid test is required for the following:

a. Importing Poultry or Eggs For Hatching Purposes originating from flocks classified under provisions of the NPIP as U.S. Pullorum-Typhoid Clean, as provided in 9 CFR §§ 145.23(b), 145.33(b), 145.43(b), 145.53(b) and 145.63(b) (2018), as adopted in rule 5C-3.001, F.A.C.

b. Quail, pheasants, and other birds used strictly for hunting purposes that are consigned directly to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission licensed hunting preserve;

c. Ratites;

d. Waterfowl Imported for exhibition purposes;

e. Exotic birds;

f. Pigeons and doves of the family Columbidae;

g. Exhibition birds originating from NPIP-participating flocks in Florida returning to Florida. These birds must be accompanied by proof of a valid NPIP flock testing record for pullorum-typhoid indicating that the flock test, in accordance with 9 C.F.R. § 145.53(b) (2018), as adopted in rule 5C-3.001, F.A.C., was conducted within the previous twelve (12) months or proof of a valid NPIP participant card current within the past twelve (12) months; or

h. Poultry consigned directly to a Recognized Slaughtering Establishment for slaughter.

2. Pullourm-Typhoid testing records for exhibition birds not originating from a NPIP-participating flock will be documented by an Authorized Representative from the state or USDA at the Fair Exhibition -- Poultry Summary of Pullorum-Typhoid Testing, FDACS-09170, Rev. 09/17. Fair Exhibition -- Poultry Summary of Pullorum-Typhoid Testing, FDACS-09170, Rev. 09/17 is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10890.

(b) Avian Influenza (AI) testing requirements.

1. Poultry or Poultry Products originating from a non-AI affected state.

a. All Poultry and Poultry Products must be accompanied by proof of a negative, approved test for Avian Influenza (AI). AI samples collected by the Division will be documented by an Authorized Representative from the state on Avian Influenza/Exotic Newcastle Disease Poultry Surveillance Submission Form, FDACS-09230, Rev. 09/17. Avian Influenza/Exotic Newcastle Disease Poultry Surveillance Submission Form, FDACS-09230, Rev. 09/17 is hereby incorporated by reference and available online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10892.

b. Entry into Florida must be within twenty-one (21) days of the AI sample being taken; and,

c. If a flock with greater than thirty (30) birds is to be Imported, then no less than thirty (30) samples per flock must be taken with at least ten (10) samples taken per house; or

d. If a flock of less than thirty (30) birds is to be Imported, then all birds must be tested.

2. Exemptions to the AI testing requirements for Poultry and Poultry Products originating from a non-AI affected state. No AI test is required for the following:

a. Poultry or Poultry Products originating from flocks classified as U.S. Avian Influenza Clean, as provided in 9 C.F.R. §§ 145.23(h), 145.33(1), 145.43(g), 145.53(e), and 145.63(b) (2018), as adopted in rule 5C-3.001, F.A.C., in non-AI affected states;

b. Ratites;

c. Exotic birds; or

d. Pigeons and doves of the family Columbidae.

3. Proof of negative Avian Influenza (AI) testing and the Department issued Prior Permission Number, unless exempted from Prior Permission Number requirement in accordance with subsection 5C-3.012(2), F.A.C., must be documented on the Report of Sales of Hatching Eggs, Chicks, and Poults, VS Form 9-3 (FEB 2016), or OCVI listing the description of birds, test date, test results, and the name of the laboratory.

4. Poultry Products originating from an Avian Influenza (AI) affected state.

a. From a Quarantine or Control Area as defined by originating state. No Domestic Fowl, live Poultry or Poultry Products or Eggs for Hatching Purposes originating from a Quarantine or Control Area in an AI affected state may enter Florida, except for Imported birds that have completed all USDA or state of origin requirements to move from a Quarantine or Control Area, and have completed Florida Import requirements as described in subsections (1)-(3) of this rule. The Department shall verify USDA requirements have been met through the Emergency Management Response System (EMRS) prior to permitting for entry into Florida by the State Veterinarian's Office.

b. Non-Quarantine or Control Areas as defined by originating state. All Poultry and Poultry Products:

(I) Must be accompanied by proof of a negative, approved test for AI; and,

(II) Entry into Florida must be within seven (7) days of the AI sample being taken; and,

(III) If a flock with greater than thirty (30) birds is to be Imported, then no less than thirty (30) samples per flock must be taken with at least ten (10) samples taken per house; or

(IV) If a flock of less than thirty (30) birds is to be Imported, then all birds must be tested.

5. The following Poultry and Poultry Products originating from a non-quarantined area in an AI affected state are exempt from the AI testing requirements described in sub-subparagraph (3)(b)4.b.:

a. Poultry or Poultry Products, originating from flocks classified as U.S. Avian Influenza Clean, as provided in 9 C.F.R. §§ 145.23(h), 145.33(1), and 145.43(g) (2018), as adopted in rule 5C-3.001, F.A.C., in AI affected states;

b. Ratites;

c. Exotic birds; or

d. Pigeons and doves of the family Columbidae.

6. Proof of negative AI testing and a Department issued Prior Permission Number must be documented on the Report of Sales of Hatching Eggs, Chicks, and Poults, VS Form 9-3 (FEB 2016), or OCVI listing the description of birds, test date, test results, and the name of the laboratory.

(c) Exotic Newcastle Disease (END) testing requirements. END testing requirements apply to only those shipments of Poultry or Poultry Products originating from an END affected state.

1. Quarantine or Control Areas. No Domestic Fowl, live Poultry or Poultry Products, or Eggs for Hatching Purposes originating from a Quarantine or Control Area may enter Florida except for Imported birds that have completed all USDA and originating state requirements to move from a Quarantine or Control Area, have completed Florida Import test requirements as described in subsections (1)-(3) of this rule, and are permitted for entry into Florida by the State Veterinarian's Office.

2. Non-Quarantine or Control Areas.

a. All Poultry and Poultry Products must be accompanied by proof of a negative, approved test for Exotic Newcastle Disease (END). END samples submitted by the Division will be documented by an Authorized Representative from the state on Avian Influenza/Exotic Newcastle Disease Poultry Surveillance Submission Form, FDACS-09230, Rev. 09/17, as incorporated in paragraph 5C-3.012(3)(b), F.A.C.

b. Entry in Florida must be within seven (7) days of the Exotic Newcastle Disease (END) sample being taken; and,

c. If a flock with greater than thirty (30) birds is to be Imported, then no less than thirty (30) samples per flock must be taken with at least ten (10) samples taken per house; or

d. If a flock with less than thirty (30) birds is to be Imported, then all birds must be tested.

3. Documentation. Poultry or Poultry Products must be accompanied by a Report of Sales of Hatching Eggs, Chicks, and Poults, VS Form 9-3 (FEB 2016), or OCVI indicating Poultry or Poultry Product originated from an END-negative flock, listing the Department issued Prior Permission Number, description of birds, test date, test results, and the name of testing laboratory.

(4) Containers for Shipment. All Imported Domestic Fowl, Poultry, and Eggs For Hatching Purposes must be shipped in new or Cleaned and Disinfected reusable containers.

Credits

Adopted Mar. 23, 1994; Amended Dec. 12, 2004. Amended May 24, 2010; Feb. 8, 2016; Aug. 19, 2019.

Authority: 570.07(23), 585.002(4) FS. Law Implemented 570.07(15), 570.36(2), 585.08(1), (2)(a), 585.145(1), (2), 585.16 FS.

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So in original.

 

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