In today's Federal Register, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service gave notice of changes to the Scrapie Flock Certification Program (SFCP), a voluntary program for sheep and goat flock owners who wish to reduce and/or eliminate the risk of introducing classical scrapie into their flocks.
In order to refocus the program's risk reduction strategy on animal sampling, APHIS plans to eliminate the Complete Monitored category of the SFCP. This will affect all Complete Monitored and Certified flocks. Flock owners who are currently enrolled in the Complete Monitored or Certified category who wish to remain in the SFCP will be allowed to enroll in either the Select category or the Export category. This change allows APHIS to apply limited agency resources to areas that most effectively contribute to scrapie eradication, such as nationwide surveillance activities for the disease in sheep and goats.
APHIS will consider all comments received on or before June 3 regarding these proposed changes. To view the notice, visit www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-03/html/2013-10543.htm.