“The bottom line of animal ID is that the technology is here. The consumer demand is here. The cost, compared to other cattle production inputs, is nearly negligible.”
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has jumped into the animal identification fray with a study suggesting that foreign demand for traceability is probably enough to pay the costs of a mandatory national ID program.
Here’s why it can be important. Traceability connotes trustworthiness. USMEF points out that we currently face one or more “trust” based restrictions on trade from most of our major trading partners, including China, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia and Mexico.
The European Union, Japan and Korea have already adopted mandatory traceability for their domestic cattle, and there is no reason to presume they won’t apply the same standards to exporters. Of the eight major beef-exporting countries in the world, that would impact only the U.S. and India. The other six have programs up and running.
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