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Category B Definition, Shipping Name, and Identification Number

A category B infectious substance is not in a form generally capable of causing permanent disability or life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals when exposure to it occurs.

The proper shipping name and UN Identification number are:

Biological substance, Category B, UN 3373

The proper shipping name must be written exactly as shown; abbreviations are not acceptable.