Workabeba (Abby) Yigzaw (301) 734-7255
Lyndsay Cole (970) 494-7410
WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2011--The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the boundaries of the bovine tuberculosis risk classification zones for the state of Minnesota.
Portions of Lake of the Woods, Roseau, Marshall and Beltrami counties, which were previously classified as modified accredited advanced, now meet the requirements for accredited-free status. The entire state of Minnesota now meets the requirements for accredited-free status. These actions lessen restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from these areas of Minnesota.
APHIS classifies states or zones within states according to their prevalence levels of bovine tuberculosis. There are five classifications: accredited-free, modified accredited advanced, modified accredited, accreditation preparatory and non-accredited. Restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison become less stringent as a state approaches or achieves accredited-free status.
Bovine tuberculosis is a contagious and infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium bovis. It affects cattle, bison, deer, elk, goats and other warm-blooded species and can be fatal. The disease can be transmitted to humans through direct contact with infected animals or consumption of raw milk. It is not transmitted through pasteurized milk.
Notice of this interim rule is published in the Oct. 4 Federal Register and becomes effective upon publication.
Consideration will be given to comments received on or before Dec. 5. You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0100 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC, 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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