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USDA amends inspection requirements for swine finishing herds

by 5m Editor
4 November 2003, at 12:00am

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

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The amended regulations limit the requirement for mandatory veterinary inspections, at intervals of 30 days or less, to swine that are or will be in the process of moving interstate within a swine production system and also to the premises on which the swine are to be housed.

With this 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. In order to ensure that finishing house animals will still undergo regular health monitoring, swine that have completed their movement within the system, as well as the premises on which they are housed, will have to be inspected in accordance with existing regulations for the state of destination.

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

This final rule is published in the Nov. 3 Federal Register and becomes final effective Dec. 3. APHIS documents published in the Federal Register and related information, including the names of organizations and individuals who have commented on APHIS dockets, are available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/pp/rad/webrepro.html.

Source: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - 3rd November 2003

5m Editor