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Workabeba (Abby) Yigzaw (301) 734-7255
Lyndsay Cole (970) 494-7410

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2011-- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced he will hold two meetings of the advisory committee on animal health to discuss matters of animal health, including the pending proposed rule implementing USDA's traceability framework and establishing an aquaculture subcommittee. The meetings will be held in May and July and conducted as a multisite teleconference.

The next two meetings will be held May 13 and July 22 from noon to 5 p.m. (eastern daylight time) each day. The meetings will be open to the public, although public attendees will be joined to the meetings in “observation” or “listen-only” mode. Members of the public who wish to join the teleconferences may do so by dialing 1-888-790-3291, followed by a public passcode, 1411045.

Additional details regarding each meeting, including the preliminary and final agendas, will be posted on the committee's website at prior to each meeting.

Questions and written statements for the meetings may be submitted up to five working days in advance of the meetings for the committee's consideration. Questions and written statements may be sent via e-mail to or mailed to: Michael R. Doerrer, chief operating officer, veterinary services, USDA, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 37, Riverdale, Md. 20737. Statements may also be filed with the committee after the meeting by sending them to

This notice of meeting is given pursuant to section 10 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2).

Notice of the public meetings will be published in an upcoming Federal Register notice.


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