On February 5, 2010, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will develop a new, flexible, yet coordinated framework for animal disease traceability in the United States. 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.

USDA is now hosting three public meetings to discuss animal disease traceability more fully and to share the information from previous meetings with industry representatives. Additionally, USDA hopes to obtain feedback on the approaches that were discussed regarding the regulatory framework.

The meeting dates and locations are as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2010
     Holiday Inn Kansas City – SE Waterpark
     9103 East 39th Street
     Kansas City, MO 64133

  • Thursday, May 13, 2010
     USDA Center at Riverside
     4700 River Road
     Riverdale, MD 20737

  • Monday, May 17, 2010
     Crowne Plaza – Denver International Airport
     15500 East 40th Avenue
     Denver, CO 80239

The meetings will run from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. local time. Doors will open at 7 a.m. Please note that there is a $4 charge for parking at the Riverdale facility. Alternatively, this site is within walking distance of the College Park Metro station.

Additional meetings will be scheduled in the coming weeks. Read more.

Source: USDA