October 6,  2020


USDA agency updates US poultry plan


The United States' National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) will be updated in accordance with changes in the country's poultry sector and to introduce new scientific information and technologies into the plan, according to USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

These updates, which are published in the Federal Register,  are consistent with the recommendations approved by representatives from across the poultry industry at the 2018 NPIP Biennial Conference, APHIS reported. The changes will take effect on November 4.

In this update, APHIS is:

- Creating a new US Newcastle Disease (ND) clean programme;

- Updating low pathogenic avian influenza regulations on indemnity and compensation;

- Creating an NPIP subpart specific to the game bird industry;

- Clarifying and updating programme regulations to match current scientific information and technologies.

The ND Clean programme and compartment status will focus on primary breeder egg-type chickens, meat-type chickens and turkeys. Through the programme, owners can show that their flocks fulfill all requirements to be considered unaffected by ND by both the Official State Agency and APHIS. The requirements for ND Clean compartments are similar to those in the AI Clean compartments. This allows clean flocks to participate in international and interstate trade, even during an ND outbreak. This benefits not only the flock involved but the overall industry, by keeping trade flowing.

APHIS is updating the NPIP regulations on indemnity and compensation payments for low pathogenic avian influenza detections so they reflect current policy and operational practices. The rule adds or clarifies definitions for various terms related to providing payments for animals, materials, cleaning and disinfection, and other steps needed for infected farms to return to normal business.

The NPIP is a cooperative federal-state-industry mechanism for controlling certain poultry diseases.

NPIP's objective is to provide a cooperative program through which new technology can be effectively applied to improve poultry and poultry products throughout the US. NPIP offers a various programs and identifies states, flocks, hatcheries, dealers and slaughter plants that meet disease control standards stated in its programmes.


- Food Safety News