USDA seeks to require farmers to adopt animal tracking system

08/9/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

The U.S. Agriculture Department on Tuesday proposed requiring farmers and ranchers to attach unique identification numbers to poultry and livestock moving between states in an effort to easily track the source of disease outbreaks. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the proposed mandatory tracking system would help restore foreign meat buyers' confidence in the way U.S. authorities control animal diseases.

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