October 12, 2007
October 12, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Thursday the approval of two new animal identification devices: a visual tag with radio frequency identification (RFID) from Leader Products and the first approved injectable transponder from Digital Angel. The devices carry an official animal identification number (AIN), which is used to identify individual animals as part of USDA's National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
"The approval of additional identification devices provides producers with important options for participating in the voluntary NAIS and increasing animal disease traceability in the United States," said Bruce Knight, undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs
With these additions, there are now eight approved NAIS-compliant identification devices from five manufacturers.
For more information on NAIS, a list of approved AIN device manufacturers and information on how to become an approved manufacturer, visit www.usda.gov/nais.