Regionalization/Compartmentalization of Animal Diseases

Resolution #2006-5-1

SUBMITTED BY: Exporter Committee

DATE: May 26, 2006; extended May 27, 2011

TITLE: Regionalization/Compartmentalization of Animal Diseases

WHEREAS, Allowing the importation of animals and their products from areas considered posing a low disease or pest risk has been shown to pose a low risk to domestic production; and

WHEREAS, Regionalization now is practiced by certain countries where there is an export market; and

WHEREAS, Current APHIS risk analysis is science-based and transparent; and

WHEREAS, Regionalization of animal diseases in the U.S. could prevent a total loss and/or long-term damage to our export markets,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, USMEF will support USDA efforts to seek international acceptance of the regionalization/compartmentalization of animal diseases and abide by international guidelines.