NFU supports a federally-controlled National Animal Identification System
(NAIS). A verifiable NAIS could provide valuable trace-back capability to help identify the source of many
food safety issues. Without an adequate NAIS in place, quality food is at risk.
Since the discovery of a Canadian-born, BSE-infected cow in the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) has begun implementation of a NAIS. NFU has several concerns with USDA’s proposal to allow a privately managed
database system, including: It forces producers to bear the financial burden; it will create a revenue source for private
entities seeking to make a profit; it does not contain oversight to protect consumer information.
We are encouraged by the steps taken thus far, yet many questions remain and we urge close consideration of
Costs of implementing the program remain uncertain. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has stated
that this program is a necessity, therefore, we urge DHS to provide full funding to create and maintain the database.
A seamless system should be provided at all levels to ensure the information gathered is complementary with
that provided through mandatory country-of-origin labeling.
There should be clear limits to the use of the database information, and should be provided only for animal
disease and bio terrorism trace-back purposes.
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Premises Registration will be an "Official" USDA unique seven Character identifier.
In the New User Guide it states on Page 22:
The premises identification number (PIN) is assigned permanently to a geophysical location.
If an owner or entity sells his/her farm, the next operators of the premises use the original premises identification number
that had been assigned to that location. If the seller buys a new location to build a new operation that never had livestock,
he/she would register that location and obtain a new premises identification number (PIN).
Premises Identification = Encumbrance
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