August 27, 2004
August 27, 2004 -- Announced in a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), APHIS is proposing to require livestock facilities that handle sheep and goats in interstate commerce to follow certain procedures to minimize the potential spread of scrapie. The approval process will ensure that certain uniform practices relating to the identification, recordkeeping and handling of sheep and goats are followed.
Notice of this proposal was published in the Aug. 26 Federal Register. Comments that are received on or before Oct. 25 will be given consideration.
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?The proposed rule deals with disease preparedness compliance and enforcement activities, generally focused around market dealers and concentration points,? stated American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Deputy Directory of Policy and Animal Health Paul Rodgers.
ASI intends to submit comments on this proposed rule.