Last week, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposed a series of amendments to its Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) regulations.
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Specifically, the proposal would modify how the agency approves livestock marketing facilities that receive animals in interstate commerce, and provide clarifications on how livestock can move to these facilities without official identification or before an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection (ICVI) is issued. USDA drafted the proposed rule based on the recommendations of a working group of Federal and State animal-health officials. Specific changes in the proposal include: