NAIS continued to come under scrutiny during a hearing held last week by the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry and the Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology.

The Joint Subcommittee heard testimony from a variety of individuals including representatives of USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, the Homeland Security Department’s Office of Health Affairs, as well as state health, food safety and agriculture officials. In a statement issued after the hearing, Yvette Clark, chairwoman for the Homeland Security Subcommittee said, “I want to stress that our ability to effectively assess and respond to an animal disease outbreak remains limited until we have a functioning animal ID system in place. This issue requires our urgent attention.”

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