NCBA and Veterinary Groups ask for Comment Period Extension for Argentina Proposal
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and the Academy of Veterinary Consultants joined together in requesting an extension of 120 days to the comment period for the USDA APHIS proposed rule allowing the export of fresh beef (chilled or frozen) from northern Argentina to the United States.
Collectively, these groups, representing cattlemen/women and veterinarians, share a strong dedication to ensuring and maintaining the health and well-being of the cattle under their care as well as the safety of the beef produced in the United States.
Overwhelming scientific evidence, including over a hundred years of real world experience, shows that Foot-and-Mouth Disease is a highly contagious and economically devastating animal disease. Northern Argentina is a region that is not recognized as being free of FMD by USDA APHIS as FMD vaccination is currently practiced in this area.
With over 68 documents, some documents in Spanish and requiring English translation, posted to the docket for review, the requested extension period of 120 days is necessary in order to complete a comprehensive review of these materials as well as any additional background information from supporting agencies.
In light of recent questions from Congress to the Government Accountability Office regarding the transparency and management controls for the APHIS site review visits used as the basis for verifying information for the APHIS risk analysis process, NCBA feels even more compelled to carefully review and request all pertinent documentation associated with this proposed rule.