Regulatory Brief

 USDA Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate Regulations

Formal title: Docket Number [APHIS-2009-0091] Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate; Proposed Regulations/Rule

Brief Description:

The USDA APHIS proposed to establish minimum national official identification and documentation requirements for the traceability of livestock moving interstate. Under this proposed rule, livestock belonging to species covered by this rulemaking that are moved interstate would have to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation. The purpose of this rulemaking is to improve the ability to trace livestock in the event that disease is found.

AVMA Response:

The AVMA applauds APHIS for actively working towards developing a new framework for animal disease traceability in the United States, and specifically for promulgating regulations to establish minimum national official identification and documentation requirements for the traceability of livestock moving interstate. The AVMA believes this will lay the foundation to further strengthen U.S. animal disease prevention and response capabilities. A balanced approach considering diverse livestock industries' needs by integrating and enhancing many approaches and programs already in place is likely to make comprehensive traceability of animals in the event of a disease outbreak realistic and functional.

The AVMA believes that many of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) initiatives must be incorporated into the new approach USDA has taken for tracing animal diseases, including interstate movement to capitalize and build upon the progress and investment made in the NAIS. These include a uniform system applied to all animal identification and all production premises (from aquaculture to zoos). In addition, the program should develop an animal group identification system to accommodate some animal industries that will have difficulty identifying individual animals held in large groups (e.g. commercial poultry and aquaculture). Furthermore, the AVMA supports the development and use of a uniform Certificate of Veterinary Inspection for all livestock interstate movement.

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The AVMA responded on December 9, 2011. (PDF)

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