The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is updating the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Program Standards. In a previous notice, the Agency proposed changes to the NPIP Program Standards document to establish new biosecurity principles and to update some testing procedures. The notice was available for public review and comment for 30 days. No comments were received.
NPIP is a voluntary, national collaboration with state and federal departments of agriculture and industry representatives. The program goal is to use new diagnostic technology to effectively improve poultry and poultry products throughout the United States. NPIP provides certification that poultry and poultry products destined for domestic and international shipments are clean of certain diseases. As a result, customers can buy poultry that has tested clean of certain diseases or that has been produced under disease-prevention conditions. The Notice can be viewed here.