Monday, February 8, 2010

Just in from Washington

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Re-thinking Animal ID
Washington--Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced this morning that USDA will develop a new, flexible framework for animal disease traceability in the United States, and undertake several other actions to further strengthen its disease prevention and response capabilities.

The framework provides the basic tenets of an improved animal disease traceability capability. USDA’s efforts will:
· Only apply to animals moved in interstate commerce,
· Be administered by the States and Tribal nations to provide more flexibility,
· Encourage the use of lower-cost technology, and
· Be implemented transparently through federal regulations and the full rulemaking process.

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