The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on a draft framework for implementing and maintaining a foreign animal disease (FAD) zoning arrangement between the U.S. and Canada.
The intent of the arrangement is to facilitate recognition by APHIS and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) of each other's decisions to establish, maintain and release an area of control in the event of a highly contagious FAD outbreak.
The draft "Framework for Implementing & Maintaining the Arrangement between the CFIA & the USDA for the Recognition of Foreign Animal Disease Control & Eradication Zones" details an operational plan for implementation. The framework also establishes processes for maintaining the arrangement over time and outlines an approach to engage governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in developing the strategy and resources to effectively implement the arrangement during an FAD outbreak.
Interested stakeholders are encouraged to comment on the notice and draft framework, which were published in the May 13 Federal Register and are available online at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS_FRDOC_0001-1615. The comment period closes on July 14.