The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing changes to its existing scrapie regulations. These proposed changes include six main components, along with some additional changes to address animal movements and recordkeeping.
The main changes are:
These changes would affect sheep and goat producers, persons who handle sheep and goats in interstate commerce, and State governments.
This proposed rule is available for review online. APHIS will consider all comments received on or before November 9, 2015. The draft Scrapie Program Standards, Volume 1: National Scrapie Eradication Program is posted on the APHIS website for comment.
Scrapie is a degenerative and eventually fatal prion disease of sheep and goats, and APHIS regulations help prevent its spread and support its eventual eradication. APHIS also has a voluntary scrapie certification program where producers can test and certify their flocks are free of the disease.
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