USDA Updates National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP)
Updates to the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) are coming. On October 5, 2020, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published updates to the plan with the Federal Register. NPIP updates will go into effect on November 4, 2020.
APHIS cites changes in the poultry industry and new scientific information as reasons for the updates.
According to APHIS, “in this update, [they are]:
- creating a new U.S. Newcastle Disease (ND) Clean program;
- updating low pathogenic avian influenza regulations on indemnity and compensation;
- creating an NPIP subpart specific to the game bird industry; and
- clarifying and updating the program regulations to match current scientific information and technologies.”
About the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP)
from the USDA
The NPIP is a voluntary State–Federal cooperative testing and certification program for poultry breeding flocks, baby chicks, poults, hatching eggs, hatcheries, and dealers. It became operative in 1935 with a three-pronged focus on certifying breeding stock, bird performance, and the elimination of bacillary white diarrhea (caused by Salmonella pullorum). The objective of the NPIP is to provide a cooperative State–Federal program through which new technology can effectively be applied to the improvement of poultry and poultry products by establishing standards for the evaluation (testing) of poultry breeding stock, baby chicks, poults, and hatching eggs with respect to freedom from certain diseases.