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USDA CHANGES IDAHO_S BRUCELLOSIS STATUS TO CLASS FREE

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WASHINGTON, July 24, 2007--The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is amending its brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing Idaho's classification from Class A to Class Free. APHIS has determined that Idaho has met the standards for Class Free status.

Class Free status is based on a state finding no brucellosis in cattle for the 12 months preceding designation as Class Free. Restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle become less stringent as a state approaches or achieves Class Free status. This action relieves certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Idaho.

Brucellosis is a contagious, costly disease of ruminants and other animals that can also affect humans. It is mainly a threat to cattle, bison and swine. The disease causes decreased milk production, weight loss in animals, loss of young, infertility and lameness. There is no known treatment. Depopulation of infected and exposed animals is the only effective means of disease containment and eradication.

This interim rule was published in the July 23 Federal Register and became effective upon publication.

Consideration will be given to comments received on or before Sept. 21. Send an original and three copies of postal mail or commercial delivery comments to Docket No. APHIS-2006-0097, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, Md. 20737-1238. If you wish to submit a comment using the Internet, go to the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov, select “Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service” from the agency drop-down menu; then click on “Submit.” In the Docket ID column, select APHIS-2006-0097 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.

Comments are posted on the Regulations.gov Web site and also can be reviewed at USDA, Room 1141, South Building, 14th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., 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) 690-2817.

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