Lyndsay Cole (970) 494-7410
Andrea McNally (301) 734-0602
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced a 14-day extension of the comment period for an interim rule that amends its current brucellosis regulations.
Specifically, these amendments:
These changes are necessary to refocus resources to control and prevent the spread of brucellosis and to protect and maintain the economic viability of the domestic livestock industry.
Public comments on this interim rule will be accepted for an additional 14 days and be used as USDA continues to move forward with finalizing new regulations for the brucellosis program.
Notice of this action is published in today's Feb. 4 Federal Register.
Consideration will be given to comments received on or before March 11. You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
Comments are posted on the Regulations.gov website and may also 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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