Retired state veterinarian Leonard Eldridge says flaws remain in the traceability program being developed in Washington state. Dr. Eldridge called for addressing an exemption that allows for the trade of some female cattle within the state without the state Department of Agriculture being notified. He also argues for an electronic system that is searchable by a number of types of data, so tracing an animal in the event of a disease outbreak is much faster and more efficient.

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