National Pork Producers Council President-Elect Joy Philippi praised USDA's announcement supporting an industry-led, species-specific approach to develop and implement a tracking database for the National Animal Identification System.

“We commend USDA Secretary Mike Johanns and USDA for today’s announcement,” says Philippi, a pork producer from Bruning, Neb. “We are encouraged by the department’s approach toward private industry’s role in developing NAIS.” 

NPPC believes today’s announcement is in line with the pork industry’s support for achieving mandatory NAIS by 2008. “The swine industry will use the existing mandatory pseudorabies eradication program standards as the model for NAIS,” says Philippi. “This will ensure that we will build on a proven and effective program that pork producers, federal and state partners have developed, implemented and accepted.”

Philippi said U.S. pork producers recommend that USDA define the information and data format necessary to achieve the 48-hour traceback; work with and financially support individual species groups to implement a species-specific plan; monitor for compliance; exercise the system and identify needed enhancements.  “We will continue to monitor USDA’s proposal and identify needed enhancements,” says Philippi. 

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