USDA Accreditation Newsbite

APHISThis is an update from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry. 

All the States are preparing for implementation of the pending USDA Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule. One of the major components of traceability under the ADT rule is the information collected from properly completed interstate health certificates. A copy of all interstate health certificates is forwarded to the state of destination for their records. Receiving States are carefully scrutinizing all interstate health certificates issued for animals moving into their state to insure that all of the information needed to complete a trace is provided. Health certificates that are incomplete are rejected by the receiving State, and returned to Dr. Frazier, Alabama State Veterinarian.

The most common reason for rejection of certificates is an incomplete consignor and/or consignee address. As a reminder, consignor and consignee addresses must have the complete name and mailing address including street, city, state, zip code and a telephone number including area code. It is the responsibility of the client to provide this information and the certificate cannot be completed without it. Other issues arise when specific requirements of the state of destination are not met.

State specific import requirements can be found at the following web site:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals/animal_import/animal_imports_states.shtml

It is also advisable to check with the State Veterinarian in the destination state if you have any questions concerning the information provided or on the legal interpretation of the referenced state regulations. The posted regulations are maintained by the various states and are not always current. It is a good idea to contact them anyway just to confirm that you are working from the most current regulations.

Contact information for State Animal Health Officials can be found at the following website:

http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf

Proper completion of health certificates is one of the requirements of Accredited Veterinarians. When a rejected health certificate is returned, we follow up by contacting the Veterinarian who completed it to educate the individual. Repeated improper completion or egregious errors have resulted in disciplinary actions including revocation of Accreditation.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Frazier (334) 240-7255 or myself (334) 551-2181 if you have any additional questions.