Regulatory Brief

 USDA's New Animal Disease Traceability Program Concept

Formal title: Docket Number [APHIS-2010-0050] Animal Traceability; Notice of Public Meetings

Brief Description:

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its notice of three upcoming meetings in Kansas City, MO, Riverdale, MD, and Denver, CO, to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to offer their input on the new framework being developed for animal disease traceability.

AVMA Response:

The AVMA applauds the USDA for actively working toward developing a new framework for animal disease traceability in the United States and for undertaking several actions to further strengthen disease prevention and response capabilities. The AVMA believes that the new approach must capitalize and build upon the progress and investment made on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

The AVMA continues to assert that any animal and disease traceability program implemented will effectively protect the United States from catastrophic outbreaks of agricultural animal diseases and greatly enhance the future of trade in animals and animal products. The AVMA believes that a uniform system applied to all identification technologies, livestock species, and premises is fundamental to an effective and efficient program.

Background Documents:

View Federal Register document (PDF)

APHIS Veterinary Services Questions and Answers (PDF)

Animal Disease Traceability (APHIS Website) (PDF)


The AVMA responded on May 31, 2010. (PDF)