Swine ID Tag approved by USDA

03-07-2008 | |
Swine ID Tag approved by USDA

USDA approval has been given to the first visual swine identification tag. The premise identification tag is intended to support the USDA’s National Animal Identification System whilst providing a valuable tool to enhance the identification of swine entering harvest channels.

The tag, manufactured by Destron Fearing , will consist of a pink tamper-proof button and a pink visual panel stud. Each tag carries the official USDA shield, the assigned premises identification number and a notice stating “unlawful to remove”.

“Over 73 percent of pork producing sites have registered their premises and received a premises identification number, or PIN,” said Patrick Webb, director of swine health programs for the National Pork Board.

“Having premises identified is the first step in improving the animal health infrastructure of the country. The availability of USDA-approved tags for market sows is a logical next step toward enhancing traceability and improving the industry’s ability to detect diseases earlier so the spread of a disease can be limited efficiently.”

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• National Pork Board

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