The National Pork Producers Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and National Farmers Union are pleased USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s proposed rule to improve animal traceability will be published for comment. NPPC and NFU says this is a significant step in the right direction for animal disease traceability. NFU President Roger Johnson says the ability to trace, track and quarantine livestock during a disease outbreak will help minimize the economic impact it will have on the ag industry and rural America.
All three organizations encourage USDA to continue working with industry leaders on this and all animal health issues – and also to move this rule through the full rulemaking and implementation process quickly. NCBA Chief Veterinarian Elizabeth Parker says NCBA will carefully analyze and comment on the proposed rule – and continue to work with industry groups and officials throughout the rulemaking process to ensure the best interests of its members.