With new resources available to the APHIS there have been a couple of changes made to the SFCP and they are asking for your comments. Click below to listen to KMZU’s Mandy Young talk with Associate National Coordinator for the Scrapie Program, Allan Huddleston about scrapie and the changes made to SFCP.
Changes to SFCP
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service gave notice earlier this month in the Federal Register of changes to the Scrapie Flock Certification Program (SFCP), a voluntary program for sheep and goat flock owners who wish to reduce and/or eliminate the risk of introducing classical scrapie into their flocks.
In order to refocus the program’s risk reduction strategy on animal sampling, APHIS plans to eliminate the Complete Monitored category of the SFCP. This will affect all Complete Monitored and Certified flocks. Flock owners who are currently enrolled in the Complete Monitored or Certified category who wish to remain in the SFCP will be allowed to enroll in either the Select category or the Export category. This change allows APHIS to apply limited agency resources to areas that most effectively contribute to scrapie eradication, such as nationwide surveillance activities for the disease in sheep and goats.
APHIS will consider all comments received on or before June 3 regarding these proposed changes. To view the notice click here.
You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
Online by visiting this link http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail
Or by mail, send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2012-0023, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1238.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr.
Alan Huddleston, Associate National
Scrapie Program Coordinator, National
Center for Animal Health Programs, VS,
APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 39,
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-3497.