The National Institute for Animal Agriculture and the United States Animal Health Association are co-hosting a Joint Industry and Regulatory Strategy Forum on Animal Disease Traceability at the Renaissance Denver Hotel in Denver, Colo., beginning Monday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. and concluding Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m.

The forum is being designed to facilitate much-needed interaction between State and Tribal animal health officials, animal producers, livestock marketers and handlers, and meat processors that yields valuable input on preliminary standards which are being developed by USDA’s Traceability Regulatory Working Group, expected to be released in mid-August.

“This forum will allow for the open flow of ideas and concerns among those producing animals, state and tribal officials responsible for protecting the health of animals in their areas, and USDA,” says Richard Breitmeyer, state veterinarian for California and current president of USAHA.  “Unless we have a discussion including all parties, the development of a viable animal disease traceability framework will be much more difficult.”

The forum is open to everyone interested in the development of an effective and efficient system of identifying animals that move across state and tribal lines in the United States. Interactive sessions will be held covering all species of animals for which interstate movement requires compliance with animal health regulations.  

“It has been announced by USDA that they intend to publish new rules on disease traceability by this winter, which makes this Forum crucial in conveying input before the rule is complete,” says Michael Coe, co-chair of the forum planning committee. “Given that timeline, industry and the states and tribes need to make their positions known to decision-makers.”

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