The American Meat Institute says a mandatory animal identification program for all livestock species should be immediately implemented. The comments submitted to the three government agencies involved in this debate – the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Food and Drug Administration and Food Safety and Inspection Services, are in response to an advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding animal identification.

AMI suggests that a mandatory identification system be established and implemented as soon as possible because industry and government needs require such a system. 

"The cases of BSE found in Canada and Washington state, as well as concerns regarding biosecurity and other animal diseases, provide sufficient reasons for APHIS to implement expeditiously a mandatory animal identification and traceback system." AMI also wants USDA to reconsider its decision to implement a voluntary system.

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