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USDA Establishes a Herd Certification Program for Chronic Wasting Disease
in the United States
Rule Seeks to Support U.S. Farmed Cervid Industry, Respond to Concerns
Raised by State Animal Health and Wildlife Agencies
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2012--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced an interim
final rule to establish a national chronic wasting disease (CWD) herd
certification program (HCP) and minimum requirements for interstate movement of
deer, elk and moose, or cervids, in the United States. Participation in the
program will be voluntary. The interim final rule amends the Agency’s 2006 final
rule which was never put into effect. CWD is a fatal neurological disease of
deer, elk and moose and is in the family of diseases known as transmissible
spongiform encephalopathies. There is no evidence that CWD can be transmitted to
“It is important that we have a nationwide CWD herd certification program
for farmed or captive cervids,” said USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John
Clifford. “The amendments we are making to our CWD rule will help to control the
spread of this disease, support the growing U.S. cervid industry, and complement
existing state CWD programs.”
Since 1997, CWD has been reported in farmed or captive cervids in 11
states. With the interim final rule, APHIS is addressing the needs of the farmed
cervid industry, while responding to concerns raised by State animal health and
wildlife partners after APHIS published its final CWD rule in 2006. The rule
establishes a national program that provides uniform herd certification
standards and will support the domestic and international marketability of U.S.
cervid herds. The changes made to the CWD rule also will not preempt state or
local laws and regulations that are more restrictive than APHIS’ regulations,
with the exception that cervids that are eligible to move interstate may transit
a state that bans or restricts the entry of such animals en route to another
The CWD HCP is a cooperative effort between APHIS, State animal health and
wildlife agencies, and the cervid industry. The program will provide consistent
national minimum standards to certify cervid herds to be low risk for CWD and to
establish minimum standards for the interstate movement of cervids.
APHIS will approve State programs that, among other requirements, establish
movement restrictions on CWD-positive, CWD-suspect, and CWD-exposed animals;
conduct tracebacks on such animals to determine what other animals may be
affected by the disease; require the testing of all farmed cervids that die or
are euthanized; and maintain premises and animal identification for all herds
participating in approved State programs.
United States Department of Agriculture • Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service • Legislative and Public Affairs 4700 River Road, Riverdale,
MD 20737‐1232 • Voice (301) 851‐4100 • Web: http://www.aphis.usda.gov
APHIS is issuing the interim final rule and requesting public comment for
30 days specifically on the issue of preemption and the protection of state and
local authorities. The interim final rule will become effective 60 days after
publication in the Federal Register. After reviewing the public comments, the
Agency will issue a final rule and, should there be a need, incorporate any
changes made in response to comments received by the Agency.
Participating States will have 180 days from the time the rule is published
before APHIS begins enforcing the interstate movement provisions in the
regulation. This will give states time to develop HCPs and have them approved by
Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to
Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: please send your comment to Docket No.
00-108-8, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A- 03.8,
4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.
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Currently, U.S. agriculture is experiencing one of its best periods in
history thanks to the productivity, resiliency, and resourcefulness of our
farmers and ranchers. The work of APHIS helps safeguard our nation’s
agriculture, fishing and forestry industries from unwanted pests, disease and
unjustified trade restrictions. For example, to promote the health of U.S.
agricultural exports, APHIS develops and advances science-based standards with
trading partners to ensure our farm exports, valued at more than $137 billion
annually, are protected from unjustified barriers. Strong agricultural exports
are a positive contribution to the U.S. trade balance, support more than 1
million American jobs and boost economic growth.
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From: Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 12:24 PM
Subject: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions,
and Approvals: Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program (Document ID
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and
Approvals: Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program (Document ID
I believe that any voluntary program for CWD free herd certification from
game farms will be futile, as was the partial and voluntary mad cow feed ban of
August 4, 1997. That failed terribly, with some 10,000,000 of banned blood laced
MBM being fed out in 2007, a decade post August 4, 1997 partial and voluntary
Game farms are a petri dish for CWD TSE Prion disease, with Wisconsin
having documented 9 CWD infected game farms, with one having the highest CWD
infection rate in the world, 80% CWD infection rate.
I believe that all game farms should be SHUT DOWN PERMANENTLY.
CWD TSE prion disease survives ashing to 600 degrees celsius, that’s around
1112 degrees farenheit.
you cannot cook the CWD TSE prion disease out of meat.
you can take the ash and mix it with saline and inject that ash into a
mouse, and the mouse will go down with TSE.
Prion Infected Meat-and-Bone Meal Is Still Infectious after Biodiesel
Production as well.
the TSE prion agent also survives Simulated Wastewater Treatment Processes.
IN fact, you should also know that the CWD TSE Prion agent will survive in
the environment for years, if not decades.
you can bury it and it will not go away.
CWD TSE agent is capable of infected your water table i.e. Detection of
protease-resistant cervid prion protein in water from a CWD-endemic area.
it’s not your ordinary pathogen you can just cook it out and be done with.
that’s what’s so worrisome about Iatrogenic mode of transmission, a simple
autoclave will not kill this TSE prion agent.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE CWD WISCONSIN Almond Deer (Buckhorn Flats) Farm
Update DECEMBER 2011
Monday, January 16, 2012
9 GAME FARMS IN WISCONSIN TEST POSITIVE FOR CWD
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Chronic Wasting Disease CWD cervids interspecies transmission
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Environmental Sources of Scrapie Prions
Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
P.O. Box 42
Bacliff, Texas USA 77518
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