Indemnity Payment for Brucellosis in Sheep
The U.S. Department of Agriculture?s
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued
The final rule allows for indemnity payments by APHIS for sheep, goats and horses destroyed due to brucellosis.
According to APHIS, the action makes it easier to eliminate affected flocks/herds and infected animals as sources of infection by encouraging herd and flock owners to cooperate with the brucellosis eradication program.
The action also is intended to help
reduce the incidence of brucellosis and the likelihood of its spreading within
The indemnity amount will be the appraised fair market value of the animal, less its salvage value.
Interim Premise Registration Selected
The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium developed the system that will be used in this first step of implementing the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
?Registering animal premises is a key component of a NAIS and will help trace animal movements during any future outbreaks,? stated APHIS Administrator W. Ron DeHaven.
USDA currently is enhancing the
States and tribes can also use other premises registration systems as long as the system meets the national data standards.
Actions to Strengthen BSE Safeguards
Health and Human Service Secretary
Tommy G. Thompson and Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced
The three actions include:
a notice asking for public comment on additional preventive actions that are being considered concerning BSE [http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/06jun20041800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-15882.htm];
an interim final rule that prohibits the use of certain cattle-derived materials in human food and cosmetics [http://frwebgate4.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/waisgate.cgi?WAISdocID=99447418015+2+0+0&WAISaction=retrieve] ; and
a proposed rule on recordkeeping requirements for the interim final rule relating to this ban [http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/06jun20041800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-15880.htm].
?The series of firewalls already in place offer excellent protection against BSE,? said Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Lester M. Crawford. ?With these additional measures, we will make a strong system even stronger by putting into effect the most comprehensive, science-based improvements possible.?
Comments for each of the documents should be submitted as directed in the links supplied above.