US flat rates on AI elimination proposed

By Aaron McDonald

- Last updated on GMT

Flat rate payment changes will benefit taxpayers, claim US government
Flat rate payment changes will benefit taxpayers, claim US government
US authorities have introduced new avian influenza (AI) rules, proposing flat rate payments to eliminate notifiable outbreaks of the virus at floor-raised meat poultry facilities.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposals would include any strain of AI with high pathogenicity (ability to cause disease), and H5 and H7 subtypes with low pathogenicity.

Virus elimination plays a vital role in recovering use of a facility when it becomes infected by AI, with APHIS providing reimbursement for virus elimination activities that the owner or producer has had to undertake. However, they must ensure that they are time-efficient and cost-effective.

APHIS' suggested flat rate will be calculated by the square footage of the facility and will cover labour, equipment and supplies to clean and disinfect tools and the interior barn. Due to dry cleaning, followed by heating, often being the most cost- and time-effective method of virus elimination, APHIS is using these activities in its calculations.

Cost-effective payments

Despite this, the most appropriate method of cleansing may be used and approved by State Animal Health Officials and APHIS. While APHIS’ rate assumes that certain materials will be cleaned and disinfected, it would pay separately for materials that cannot be cleaned in a safe or adequate manner, providing a fair market value for the disposed items.

Previous flat rates were calculated on a per-bird basis. However, following on from a review, APHIS believes a per-square foot basis for flat rates will make it more cost-effective and reduce the impact of taxpayers. Separate flat rates are being worked on for caged layers, breeder birds and ground birds. New rates would make payments for virus elimination activities more equitable across facilities.

APHIS is inviting the public to review and comment on the issue. It is accepting comments until 12 January 2018 at VS.STAS.Feedback@aphis.usda.gov​. After the comment period ends, APHIS will review and consider all comments and issue a final document based on feedback received.  

Related topics: Livestock, United States, Poultry

Related news

Show more

Related products

From trust grows success

From trust grows success

K+G Wetter | 09-Oct-2017 | Data Sheet

The award winning company Wünsch’s Fleischspezialitäten sets new quality standards for meat products – using machines made by K+G Wetter.

Related suppliers

comments

Post your comment

We will not publish your email address on the website

These comments have not been moderated. You are encouraged to participate with comments that are relevant to our news stories. You should not post comments that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, misleading or invasive of privacy. For the full terms and conditions for commenting see clause 7 of our Terms and Conditions ‘Participating in Online Communities’. These terms may be updated from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment. Any comment that violates these terms may be removed in its entirety as we do not edit comments. If you wish to complain about a comment please use the "REPORT ABUSE" button or contact the editors.