Last week, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it was updating its National Poultry Improvement Plan program standards to include the processes and procedures for the poultry primary breeding industry to participate in a compartmentalization program for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Compartmentalization allows a country to define and manage animal groups with a distinct health status and common biosecurity program, following World Organization for Animal Health guidelines. The updated standards will take effect on February 13, 2017. If accepted by international trading partners, compartmentalization is intended to help maintain markets for poultry genetics (day-old chicks and hatching eggs) in the face of an HPAI outbreak.
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