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USDA proposes to amend inspection requirements for swine finishing herds

by 5m Editor
26 May 2003, at 12:00am

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to amend the regulations pertaining to the interstate movement of swine.

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This proposal would reduce the frequency of veterinary inspections for swine moved interstate within a production system that have completed their transfer within the production system.

With this proposed change, swine that have arrived at a finishing house or other final destination within the system would no longer be required to undergo veterinary inspections at intervals of 30 days or less. However, to ensure that finishing house animals would still undergo regular health monitoring, swine that have completed their movement within the system, as well as the premises on which they are housed, would have to be inspected in accordance with existing regulations for the state of destination.

This proposed rule would reduce the frequency of veterinary inspections for swine that have completed their movement within a production system without diminishing the effectiveness of APHIS' swine disease monitoring and surveillance activities.

Notice of this action is scheduled to appear in the May 23 Federal Register. APHIS documents published in the Federal Register and related information, including the names of organizations and individuals who have commented on APHIS rules, are available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/rad/webrepor.html.

Consideration will be given to comments received on or before July 22. Comments may be submitted by postal mail, commercial delivery or by e-mail. Send an original and three copies of postal or commercial delivery comments to

Docket No. 02-069-1, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3C71, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, Md. 20737-1238.

If you use e-mail, address your comments to regulations@aphis.usda.gov. Comments must be contained in the body of the message; do not send attached files. Please include your name and address in the message and use "Docket No. 02-069-1" on the subject line.

Comments may be reviewed at

USDA, Room 1141, South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Persons wishing to review comments are requested to call ahead on (202) 690-2817 to facilitate entry into the comment reading room.

Source: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - 22nd May 2003

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