USDA Updates National Poultry Improvement Plan Program Standards
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is updating the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Program Standards to finalize provisions for compartmentalization of primary breeding poultry
to protect against disease. Compartmentalization is defining a
specific group of animals that are maintained under strict biosecurity and
health standards, and therefore have a distinct health status. The compartment includes all
components of management
feedmills, hatcheries and egg depots, ensuring that these subgroups
are managed using the same consistent, strict biosecurity and health practices,
and are kept separate from other animal populations. These NPIP provisions also
auditing system APHIS will use to evaluate them. APHIS’ NPIP updates are
consistent with World Organization for Animal Health recommendations and assure
trading partners that there is a minimal risk of the compartmentalized animals
spreading disease in the event of an outbreak. Specifically, the updates
will help the United States maintain its export markets in the event of a
APHIS published a Federal Register
notice in July 2016 notifying the public of the intended updates.
During the 30 day comment period, APHIS received six comments and all were in
favor of these changes. The
NPIP is a cooperative Federal-State-industry
for controlling certain poultry diseases.
The document can be viewed here.
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