APHIS proposes to eliminate trichinae certification program

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Agency says program generates little producer participation.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to eliminate the Voluntary Trichinae Certification Program and remove the regulations associated with the program from the Code of Federal Regulations. The program generates little producer participation and would allow APHIS to direct resources to areas of greater need, the agency said.

The U.S. commercial swine herd is free of trichinae, which are parasitic nematodes (roundworms) found in many warm-blooded carnivores and omnivores, including swine. However, extremely limited participation in the voluntary program has caused some confusion with trading partners over the trichinae-free status of U.S. pork products. Eliminating the program will benefit the swine industry by reducing this confusion, APHIS said.

APHIS will consider all comments on the proposal on or before May 3, 2021. The proposal is on display in the Federal Register. You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking portal: Go to regulations.gov. Enter APHIS-2020-0065 in the search field. Select the documents tab and then select the comment button in the list of documents.
  • Postal mail/commercial delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2020-0065, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

The program was originally proposed by USDA APHIS in 2007.

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