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USDA Extends TB & Brucellosis Comment Period

05 July 2011

US - The US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced an extension through July 5 on a new framework being developed for the bovine tuberculosis (TB) and brucellosis programmes in the United States.

On May 6, the USDA published in the Federal Register (76 FR 26239, Docket No. APHIS-2011-0044) a notice that informed the public that the US Department of Agriculture is currently developing proposed revisions to its programMEs regarding bovine tuberculosis (TB) and bovine brucellosis in the United States.

The notice stated that the USDA would hold four public meetings throughout May and June 2011 to discuss a TB and brucellosis regulatory framework developed jointly by the USDA and state and tribal subject matter experts. In that notice, we also stated that statements on the framework could be filed with the USDA through June 20.

We are extending the comment period on the topics discussed at the meetings until July 5. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.

Consideration will be given to comments received on or before July 5. You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0044 to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.

Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: please send one copy of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2011-0044, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

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