NMPF supports plan for animal disease outbreak

A proposed framework for the United States and Canada to cope with an outbreak of a serious foreign animal contagion has been endorsed by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).

The federation suggested the plan, drafted by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, was a template that could be applied to other important dairy export markets.

Under the plan, the United States and Canada would recognize efforts to control an outbreak while regionalizing how the outbreak is handled. This would allow continued trade with disease-free areas of the country. The American Veterinary Medical Association also endorsed the proposal.

Earlier this year, the USDA proposed allowing inputs of fresh beef from certain parts of Brazil that had a history of foot-and-mouth disease. NMPF determined that this proposal had significant flaws.