2007 December 20
Earlier this month, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposed a rule that has some producers scratching their heads. The proposed rule would declare the Patagonia South sub-region of Argentina free of rinderpest and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). It also marks the first time that a country’s regions have been treated differently in terms of disease status. As a part of the safeguards proposed by APHIS, the area will be added to the list of regions subject to restrictions on meat and meat products because of its trading relationships and close proximity to areas still infected with the two diseases.