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USDA Amends National Poultry Improvement Plan

by 5m Editor
5 August 2009, at 7:32am

US - US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has corrected an amendment to the National Poultry Improvement Plan.

APHIS has corrected an error in the amendatory language in the final rule that was published in the Federal Register on 1 April 2009 (74 FR 14710-14719, Docket No. APHIS-2007-0042), and effective on 1 May 2009.

It amended the National Poultry Improvement Plan (the Plan) and its auxiliary provisions by providing new or modified sampling and testing procedures for Plan participants and participating flocks. In that final rule, APHIS amended the US Avian Influenza Clean programme for multiplier meat-type chicken breeding flocks to require that 15 birds be tested to retain the classification, rather than 30.

However, the amendatory instruction accomplishing this change also amended the programme to require multiplier spent fowl to be tested within 15 days prior to movement to slaughter, rather than 30 days.

APHIS intended to retain the 30-day requirement. The document corrects that error.

Notice of this final rule was published in Federal Register on 3 August and and became effective upon publication.