USDA's Clifford Forecasts Animal Traceability Rule by Late Summer
February 10, 2012

John Clifford, DVM, chief veterinarian at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, on Tuesday forecast a final rule on animal disease traceability by late summer. 
Under a 114-page rule proposed last August, livestock moved interstate would have to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation, such as owner-shipper statements or brand certificates. The proposed rule encourages use of low-cost technology and specifies approved forms of official identification for each species, such as metal ear-tags for cattle. 
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