The United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) and the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will co-host a Joint Strategy Forum on Animal Disease Traceability August 30-31 in Denver, Colo. The forum will enable state and tribal health officials animal producers, livestock marketers and handlers, and meat processors to provide input, and voice ideas and concerns on preliminary standards being developed by USDA’s Traceability Regulatory Working Group.
The preliminary standards, expected to be released in mid-August, are expected to be developed into a new set of rules on animal disease traceability by this winter. The forum is open to those interested in developing an effective and efficient system of identifying animals that move across state and tribal lines in the U.S. Sessions will be held covering all species of animals requiring interstate movement that complies with animal health regulations.