The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on a draft framework for implementing and maintaining a foreign animal disease (FAD) zoning arrangement between the United States and Canada. The intent of the arrangement is to facilitate recognition by APHIS and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) of each other’s decisions to establish, maintain, and release an area of control in the event of a highly contagious FAD outbreak.

The draft Framework for Implementing and Maintaining the Arrangement between the CFIA and the USDA for the Recognition of Foreign Animal Disease Control and Eradication Zones details an operational plan for implementation. The framework also establishes processes for maintaining the arrangement over time and outlines an approach to engage governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in developing the strategy and resources to effectively implement the arrangement during an FAD outbreak.

Interested stakeholders are encouraged to comment on the Notice and draft framework, which were published online in the May 13th Federal Register. The comment period closes on July 14.