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WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2006--The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will hold a meeting of the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Jan. 24, 2007, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard, N.W., Atlanta, Ga.

The General Conference Committee serves as the liaison between the poultry industry and USDA in matters pertaining to poultry health. In addition, the committee assists USDA in planning, organizing and conducting the NPIP Biennial Conference.

Topics for discussion at the upcoming meeting include:

  • H5/H7 low pathogenic avian influenza program for commercial layers, broilers and turkeys;
  • Compartmentalization of notifiable avian influenza free zones;
  • National animal identification program for poultry; and
  • Cleaning, disinfection and bird disposal costs for commercial poultry flocks.

The meeting will be open to the public. Due to time constraints, the public will not be allowed to participate in the discussions during the meeting. Written statements on meeting topics may be filed with the committee before or after the meeting by sending them to Andrew R. Rhorer, senior coordinator, National Poultry Improvement Plan, USDA, APHIS, VS, 1498 Klondike Road, Suite 101, Conyers, Ga. 30094. Written statements may also be filed at the meeting. Please refer to Docket No. APHIS-2006-0187 when submitting statements.

Notice of the meeting is published in the Dec. 21 Federal Register.


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