Resolution #2011-11-1

SUBMITTED BY: Exporter Committee

DATE: Nov. 3, 2011

TITLE: Traceability

WHEREAS, Foreign governments and our customers overseas expect the USDA and the U.S. industry to be able to respond quickly and effectively to disease outbreaks and to provide them with assurances that the beef, pork and lamb we export to them is safe; and

WHEREAS, Most other major beef, pork, and lamb exporting countries have implemented animal ID and traceability systems and are using their systems to differentiate themselves from the U.S. with customers in foreign markets; and

WHEREAS, The OIE has adopted guidelines on animal ID and traceability that establish basic principles which any traceability system should satisfy,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, USMEF strongly supports the implementation of a national traceability system in the U.S. that:
  • Is built on private sector animal identification and verification programs backed by the USDA,
  • Fully meets the expectations of foreign governments and our customers overseas,
  • Is consistent with the OIE guidelines,
  • Produces equivalent outcomes to the live animal tracking systems that importing countries have in place, and
  • Recognizes existing USDA programs for beef and pork exports to the EU and beef exports to Japan.