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AMI Submits Comments on ANPR Regarding Wood Packaging Materials; Urges Collection of Basic Information

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

AMI submitted comments in response to advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) regarding wood packaging material used in domestic commerce (Docket No. APHIS-2009-0026/RIN 0579-AD01). AMI is urging the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to collect basic information on the transfer of domestic pests through wood packing materials (WPM) prior to developing mitigation strategies. 

“Although we appreciate the efforts of APHIS to protect U.S. agricultural through proactive measures to control environmentally damaging pests, we believe that the agency needs to collect basic information on the transfer of domestic pests through WPM, prior to developing mitigation strategies,” AMI stated. “It is difficult, if not impossible, to choose an effective strategy without having a thorough understanding of the problem. Once the questions are satisfactorily addressed, then the agency should look at ways to eliminate transfer of pests domestically while keeping in mind the costs and benefits of each solution.”

AMI noted that treating WPM with heat, methyl bromide, or using pooling would result in a significant increase in the cost of using WPM in the meat and poultry industry.

 To view AMI’s comments, click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/54392

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