USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service today announced it would seek mandatory authority to collect blood and tissue samples in slaughter plants that receive livestock moved in interstate commerce. APHIS intends to published a proposed rule that would require plants to enter into an agreement to permit APHIS personnel or their designees to collect samples for disease surveillance. APHIS said it can no longer rely on voluntary cooperation from slaughter plants because some plants have refused to voluntarily allow sample collection.
rule requires plants to provide a safe
workplace for collecting samples. Adequate
light, heat, floor space and hand washing
facilities must be provided by the slaughter
facility. The proposal would not require plant
personnel to collect the samples. APHIS
estimates the economic impact on the industry
would be minimal since most plants currently
allow sample collection on a voluntary basis.
Publication date for the proposed rule appears
to be several months away. Interested parties
will be afforded an opportunity to comment on
APHIS Announces Plans to Change Slaughter Plant Disease Surveillance ProgramTuesday, March 12, 2002