Inspection, Sampling, and Disposition of Animals for Tuberculosis (TB) - Revision 2
FSIS is reissuing this directive with updated instructions to inspection program personnel (IPP) and Public Health Veterinarians (PHVs) regarding the inspection, sampling, and disposition of cattle identified by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) because of TB, or regular cattle found to have TB lesions on post-mortem. This directive provides instructions for IPP to verify that the establishment collects and maintains identification (ID) of livestock during slaughter. This directive provides PHVs the option of assigning and observing IPP performing routine inspection procedures on restricted TB Exposed, Category 2 cattle (defined below). This directive includes instructions on how IPP are to document slaughter of bovine with TB in the Public Health Information System (PHIS).
- The instructions in this directive are for IPP at official establishments that slaughter cattle
- IPP are to verify that the establishment collects animal ID needed to accurately trace back the origin of cattle with TB
- When large numbers of TB exposed cattle, Category 2 only (defined below), are presented to the PHV for ante-mortem inspection and passed for slaughter, under certain conditions, PHVs may direct IPP to perform required inspections and further inspect the tissues incised by IPP on-line at a reduced speed
- PHV Training: Multi-species Disposition Basics with a Public Health Focus
- FSIS Guideline No. 4, Inspection of Tuberculin Reactors
- Tuberculosis Sample Submission Manual for Meat Inspection Personnel (USDA-APHIS)