By Doug Rich
High Plains Midwest Ag Journal
Round two in the struggle to develop an animal identification system or traceability program in this country has begun. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service held a public meeting in Kansas City, Mo., May 11 to discuss the new framework for animal disease traceability.
ANIMAL TRACEABILITY–The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) held a public meeting in Kansas City, Mo., on May 11 to discuss the new framework for a rule on animal disease traceability. Becky Brewer-Walker, Oklahoma state veterinarian, outlined the new traceability framework and the proposed performance statdards.
On Feb. 5, USDA announced that it would revise the prior animal identification policy and offer a new approach to achieving animal disease traceability. USDA held a listening tour to get feedback on the National Animal Identification System and discovered that while some people were in favor of the national system, most people were highly critical of the system. Confidentiality, liability, cost, privacy, and religion were among the concerns about NAIS.
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