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Animal Disease Traceability Too Expensive, Rural Coalition Says

A coalition led by farmers and ranchers is using a last-minute strategy to stop USDA’s new Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program. The groups involved are using economic grounds – especially the added costs that animal identification will impose on rural America. In a 9-page letter to the Executive Office of Management and Budget, a unit… Continue Reading

NAIS Dead, Food Safety Not A Goal

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack killed the $142 million National Animal Identification System (NAIS), and any hope it might contribute to food safety, last week. At a meeting of state agriculture commissioners, Vilsack said the NAIS as conceived after the discovery of Mad Cow disease in the United States in 2003 had proven to be vastly… Continue Reading

NAIS: Simpler Technology Fuels Fire


No sooner have most people pronounced NAIS dead-on-arrival, than a number of recent events may have breathed life back into the U.S.A.’s National Animal Identification Scheme. A combination of market forces aligned with a simplified tracking technology, and some rare positive news may have reinvigorated USDA’s moribund, voluntary animal traceability initiative. First the news headlines…. Continue Reading

Technology Aids Traceability

In a new white paper published by TraceGains and HCL America, authors William Pape of TraceGains and Ravi Sankar of HCL Technologies Limited offer an analysis of the business implications associated with traceability as required in food safety legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 2749, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s… Continue Reading