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USDA Announced Publication Of Final Rule For Animal Disease Traceability

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Liza C. Moore
Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update
January 2013

On December 20, 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the publication of a final rule regarding animal disease traceability, titled "Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate." The proposed rule was published in August 2011. The government received over 1,600 comments on the proposed rule. The final rule has several changes from the proposed rule, in light of the comments. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said "With the final rule announced today, the United States now has a flexible, effective animal disease traceability system for livestock moving interstate, without undue burdens for ranchers and U.S. livestock businesses." According to Secretary Vilsack, "The final rule meets the diverse needs of the countryside where states and tribes can develop systems for tracking animals that work best for them and their producers, while addressing any gaps in our overall disease response efforts." The final rule requires livestock moved interstate to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation, such as owner-shipper statements or brand certificates.

View the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announcement (which contains links to the full text of the final rule and an APHIS Q&A publication)