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USDA Issues Final Rule for Animal Disease Traceability

Thursday, December 20, 2012

(American Meat Institute)

USDA has announced a final rule establishing general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate. The rule calls for livestock moved interstate, unless specifically exempted, to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation, such as owner-shipper statements or brand certificates.

The final rule has several differences from the proposed rule issued in August 2011. These include:

Beef cattle under 18 months of age, unless they are moved interstate for shows, exhibitions, rodeos, or recreational events, are exempt from the official identification requirement in this rule. These specific traceability requirements for that group will be addressed in a separate rule.

Specific details about the regulation and how it will affect producers is available at http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTIxMjIwLjEzNjY5OTAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDEyMTIyMC4xMzY2OTkwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MzIxMTc5JmVtYWlsaWQ9c2JhY2t1c0BtZWF0YW1pLmNvbSZ1c2VyaWQ9c2JhY2t1c0BtZWF0YW1pLmNvbSZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&&&101&&&http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability.


The full notice will be published in the December 28 Federal Register.




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