USDA wants to avoid mandatory animal ID's
USDA is boosting its efforts to get livestock
producers signed up in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) ahead of
mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) legislation that becomes effective
later this year, meating place has reported.
Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer stated during an interview that he
prefers not to make NAIS mandatory but warned it could happen if not enough
producers sign up voluntarily.
â€œWe are doing it on a voluntary basis. We
have about a third of the premises signed up. We've kicked up our cooperative
agreements with states and livestock organizations with a goal of getting them
signed up. It seems as though if we are going to implement COOL you must have an
animal ID system because you need to be able to trace things back and
The recently passed farm bill sets a September timeframe for COOL
to become effective.
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