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Govt Starts Tracking Farm Animals

USDA hopes to better contain spread of disease


pigs at trough ceos 630A new federal program is attempting to track farm animals as they move around the country.

The new program — from by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — hopes to better monitor and control the spread of disease in animals, Fox News reports.

The goal of the program is to be able to maintain a complete database that can connect the animals at each stage from farm to table. The current identification program is a step in that direction, though officials stress that it’s only part of the solution.

“This ensures that healthy animals can continue to move freely to processing facilities, providing a dependable and affordable source for consumers as well as protecting producer’s livelihoods,” a spokeswoman for the USDA said in a statement.

This is the second attempt by the federal government to track and identify all farm animals in the U.S. A 2006 voluntary program was scrapped when farmers complained about the hassle and expense.

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