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The Business Impact of Food Safety and Traceability Legislation

The Business Impact of Food Safety and Traceability Legislation

Abstract

This white paper explores the apparent discrepancy in reactions to the National Animal Identification Scheme (NAIS) and U.S. House bill HR2749, and examines the technological implications of the HR2749 legislation.

Excerpts from the Paper
Over the last few years, we have witnessed much resistance to the National Animal Identification Scheme (NAIS), the six-year-old USDA policy initiative to reduce the catastrophic effects of a major animal disease outbreak on the livestock and meat industry. The ongoing negative reaction from so many quarters has stymied the U.S. animal identification program, and it now seems stalled. However, another policy initiative (U.S. House bill HR2749) breezed through the House of Representatives in the summer of 2009 and passed on the final day before the August recess, less than two months after its introduction, and now goes to the Senate. HR2749 passed with little debate, reasonably strong bipartisan support by today’s standards, and very strong support from major food-growing Congressional districts.

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