Draft Framework for Implementing U.S.-Canada Foreign Animal Disease Zoning Arrangement
May 13, 2014
Formal Title: Docket Number APHIS-2013-0097; Notice of Availability of a Draft Framework for Implementing the United States-Canada Foreign Animal Disease Zoning Arrangement
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the availability of and solicitation for comments on a draft framework for implementing and maintaining a foreign animal disease zoning arrangement between the United States and Canada.
Excerpt from the AVMA Response
The AVMA applauds the work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to collaboratively draft a framework for implementing the U.S.-Canada Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) Zoning Arrangement. We support the continued development of integrated animal emergency preparedness and response programs and urge all appropriate agencies and stakeholders to develop, implement, and maintain contingency plans and resources to facilitate a rapid and effective coordinated response for animal emergencies, such as FAD outbreaks. In addition, the AVMA agrees with the recognition of the APHIS Deputy Administrator of Veterinary Services – who is the Chief Veterinary Officer of the United States - as the appropriate authority to make zoning decisions for the U.S. and to recognize zoning decisions made by Canada. This underscores our belief that animal disease control and eradication programs should be under the direction and supervision of veterinarians.
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