Joelle Hayden 301-851-4040
Lyndsay Cole 970-494-4710
Washington, September 16, 2014 -- The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued an interim rule upgrading the bovine tuberculosis status for seven counties in the lower peninsula of Michigan. The interim rule upgrades the status for the seven counties from Modified Accredited Advanced to Accredited Free, effectively eliminating required bovine tuberculosis testing prior to interstate movement of cattle and bison from these areas of Michigan.
APHIS has determined that the counties of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Otsego, and Presque Isle counties meet the criteria for accredited-free status. There have been no findings of bovine tuberculosis in any cattle or bison in these counties since April 2011.
Bovine tuberculosis is a contagious disease caused by bacteria that affects mainly cattle and bison. APHIS works cooperatively with state animal health officials and the livestock industry to eradicate bovine tuberculosis from domestic livestock and prevent its recurrence. This action was published in the Sept. 10, 2014, Federal Register at www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0058-0001 and took effect upon publication. APHIS is accepting public review and comments on this interim rule. Consideration will be given to comments received on or before November 10, 2014.
Comments may be submitted either by visiting the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0058-0001 or by postal mail/commercial delivery to: Docket No. APHIS-2014-0058, Regulatory Analysis and Development PPD APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD, 20737-1238.
Comments are posted on the Regulations.gov website and may also be reviewed at USDA, Room 1141, South Building, 14th Street and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. To facilitate entry into the comment reading room, please call (202) 799-7039.
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