USDA has ended its National Animal Identification System (NAIS) in favor of developing “a new, flexible framework for animal disease traceability in the U.S.” USDA says that framework “provides the basic tenets of an improved animal disease traceability capability in the U.S.”

  • The system will apply only to animals moved in interstate commerce;

  • It will be administered by the states and tribal nations to provide more flexibility;

  • It will encourage the use of lower-cost technology; and

  • It will be implemented transparently through federal regulations and the full rulemaking process.

USDA plans to convene with animal health leaders for the states and tribal nations to dialog about possible ways of achieving the flexible, coordinated approach to animal disease traceability it envisions.