The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is hosting public meetings on animal disease traceability.
On February 5, 2010, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA will develop a new, flexible, yet coordinated framework for animal disease traceability in the US. Under this new direction, States and Tribal Nations must establish the ability to trace, back to their State of origin, animals moving interstate.
The new framework will embrace the strengths and expertise of States, Tribal Nations, and producers, and empower them to find and use the traceability approaches that work best for them. The Secretary has pledged to develop this new approach as transparently and collaboratively as possible.
The USDA held an initial traceability forum with States and Tribes in March to discuss how to begin creating the framework and gather feedback on possible ways of achieving traceability. USDA is now hosting 3 public meetings to discuss animal disease traceability more fully and to share the information from the March State and Tribal meeting with industry representatives. Additionally, the USDA hopes to obtain feedback on the approaches that were discussed regarding the regulatory framework.
The meeting dates and locations are: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at the Holiday Inn Kansas City; Thursday, May 13, USDA Center at Riverside, Riverdale; and, Monday, May 17, Crowne Plaza – Denver International Airport, Denver.
The meetings will run from 8 am to 4 pm local time.