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USDA Proposes Changes to Livestock Marketing Facility Approval Process

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a proposed rule that would amend the regulations governing the approval of facilities that receive livestock in interstate commerce. The proposed rule also includes several clarifications regarding the transport of livestock to these facilities without official identification or before an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection (ICVI) is issued.

Under the proposed rule, the terms of agreement with approved facilities would be housed in the Animal Disease Traceability General Standards and veterinarians would no longer be required to be present all day for each sale, but instead, must be available on sale days, among other changes. In addition, the proposal outlines the conditions that exempt livestock from the general animal disease traceability regulations for interstate movement. APHIS is soliciting public comments on this proposed rule through March 3, 2015.

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