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APHIS Proposes Updates to Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) Program Regulations

Thursday, December 17, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a proposed rule to update its brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis (TB) program regulations. Under the proposed rule, states and tribal nations would no longer be categorized by the disease prevalence in their state, and APHIS would no longer rely solely on whole-herd depopulation. Instead, APHIS is proposing to establish standards for disease surveillance, epidemiological investigations and affected herd management. States and tribes would develop and implement an animal health plan that outlines ways to meet those standards. States and tribes would be categorized by whether they have an animal health plan, whether APHIS has approved this plan and whether they are following the activities outlined in their plan.

The rule also would outline requirements for both interstate movements and imports of cattle, bison and captive cervids, and would provide revised conditions for approving tests, testing laboratories and testers. Further, the rule calls for updating the bovine tuberculosis- and brucellosis-related import requirements for cattle and bison to make these requirements clearer and assure that they more effectively mitigate the risk of introduction of these diseases into the U.S. Public comments regarding the proposed rule may be submitted online or by mail to Docket No. APHIS-2011-0044, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, Maryland, 20737-1238.

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