USDA is asking for comments and suggestions regarding the economic impact of animal diseases on the U.S. livestock herd. Specifically, the agency is looking for comments on foot-and-mouth disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy, but is open to perspectives on other infectious diseases.

This is an important endeavor in the country’s long-term disease-prevention strategy. You can participate in this activity by submitting written comments to USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Comments must be received on or before Oct. 9. You should send an original document and three copies to:

Docket No. 01-064-1
Regulatory Analysis and Development
PPD APHIS Suite 3C03
4700 River Rd. Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

You also may e-mail your comments to the Animal Disease Risk Assessment Prevention and Control Web site at www.comments.aphis.usda.gov. State that your comments are in reference to Docket No. 01-064-1.

APHIS is collecting these industry comments and suggestions as it develops a report that the Animal Disease Risk Assessment, Prevention and Control Act of 2001 mandates. APHIS documents published in the Federal Register and related information, including the names of organizations and individuals who have commented on APHIS dockets, are available at www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/rad/webrepor.html