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USDA Announces Recent Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act Enforcement Actions

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Madelaine Fletcher (301) 734-6125
Suzanne Bond        (301) 734-5175

USDA to Hold Meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2011 – Animal disease traceability in the United States will be the primary discussion topic at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on March 4.

APHIS has spent much of the past year developing a framework for U.S. animal disease traceability.   Through the framework, APHIS intends to implement a flexible yet coordinated approach to animal disease traceability that uses the strengths and expertise of states, tribes and producers by empowering them to find and use the traceability methods that work best for them.

APHIS conducted extensive outreach on the traceability framework and continues to seek input through the committee.  The committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture on the means to prevent, conduct surveillance on, monitor, control or eradicate animal diseases of national importance.  In doing so, the committee considers public health, conservation of natural resources and the stability of livestock economies.
This and two other meetings, one on May 13 and the other on July 15, will be conducted as teleconferences and are open to the public, although public participants will be in listen-only mode.  Those who wish to participate must send an e-mail through the access portal on the committee’s website at www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/acah/ or to the committee directly at SACAH.Management@aphis.usda.gov.  Participants should note their name, organizational affiliation (if any) and should identify the meeting(s) they wish to join.  Participants will receive a telephone number and pass code to join the meeting.  Questions and written statements for the committee’s consideration at the March 4 meeting should be submitted by or before March 1.

Notice of this action is published in today’s Feb. 18 Federal Register.

For the May and June meetings, questions and written statements may be submitted up to five days before those meetings.
For more information contact Michael R. Doerrer, chief operating officer, veterinary services, USDA, APHIS, 4700 River Rd., Unit 37, Riverdale, Md.  201737, or e-mail SACAH.Management@aphis.usda.gov.

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