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APHIS to Host Series of Meetings on National Animal Identification System

Friday, May 22, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced six upcoming meetings to discuss stakeholder concerns related to the implementation of the National Animal Identification System.

The meetings will be held on June 9, 2009, in Jefferson City, Mo.; June 11 in Rapid City, S.D.; June 16 in Albuquerque, N.M.; June 18 in Riverside Calif.; June 25 in Raleigh N.C.; and June 27 in Jasper, Fla., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Although preregistration is not required, participants are asked to preregister by sending APHIS an e-mail at NAISSessions@aphis.usda.gov  or calling 301-734-0799. In the subject line of the e-mail, indicate your name (or organization name) and the location of the meeting you plan to attend. If you wish to present comments during one of the meetings, please include your name (or organization name) and address in the body of the message.

Members of the public who are not able to attend may also submit and view comments via the Federal eRulemaking  portal at http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2009-0027.

For additional information, contact Dr. Adam Grow, director, Surveillance  and Identification Programs, National Center for Animal Health Programs, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 200, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-3752.

For the most up-to-date meeting information, visit http://www.usda.gov/nais/feedback.

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