Brucellosis Class Free States and Certified Brucellosis-Free Herds; Revisions to Testing and Certification Requirements

Docket ID: APHIS-2009-0083
Agency: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Parent Agency: Department of Agriculture (USDA)
This action adopts as a final rule, with changes, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations to, among other things, reduce the amount of testing required to maintain Class Free status for States that have been Class Free for five or more years and have no Brucella abortus in wildlife. This document amends the interim rule to change the age at which cattle and domestic bison are included in herd blood tests from 6 months to 18 months of age for all sexually intact cattle and domestic bison, except when conducting herd blood tests as part of affected herd investigations or other epidemiological investigations. In addition, the rule allows certain States the option of either conducting brucellosis ring tests and participating in the slaughter surveillance program or developing an alternative surveillance plan that would have to meet or exceed the level of disease detection provided by combined brucellosis ring testing and slaughter surveillance testing. The rule also makes several minor changes in order to clarify the regulations. These changes are necessary to create flexibility in the brucellosis program, to refocus resources to control and prevent the spread of brucellosis, and to protect and maintain the economic viability of the domestic livestock industry.
RIN: 0579-AD22
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 78
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
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Publication Period: Fall 2014
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 7 USC 8301 to 8317
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: State
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
Interim Final Rule12/27/201075 FR 81090
Interim Final Rule Effective12/27/2010
Interim Final Rule Comment Period Extended02/04/201176 FR 6322
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End02/25/2011
Interim Final Rule Comment Period Extension End03/11/2011
Final Rule11/10/201479 FR 66591
Final Rule Effective12/10/2014
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Category: Domestic Animal Health Programs
Keyword(s): USDA, agriculture
Type: Rulemaking
Program: Veterinary Services

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Mar 11, 2011 11:59 PM ET
Posted: 12/27/2010
ID: APHIS-2009-0083-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 02/03/2015
ID: APHIS-2009-0083-0036
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 11/10/2014
ID: APHIS-2009-0083-0034
Comments Not Accepted
Posted: 02/04/2011
ID: APHIS-2009-0083-0006

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 11/12/2014
ID: APHIS-2009-0083-0035
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 01/03/2011
ID: APHIS-2009-0083-0003


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Comments Received*
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Agency Contact
Debra A Donch
National Brucellosis Epidemiologist, National Center for Animal Health Programs, VS
301 851-3559
4700 River Road, Unit 43, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231
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