TB Blood Test Approved

This is what we have been waiting for!
[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 6 (Wednesday, January 9, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 1718-1723]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office
[FR Doc No: 2013-00208]


Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
9 CFR Part 77
[Docket No. APHIS-2012-0087]
Approved Tests for Bovine Tuberculosis in Cervids
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.


SUMMARY: We are adding the CervidTB Stat-Pak[supreg] and
DPP[supreg] tests as official tuberculosis tests for the following
species of captive cervids: Elk, red deer, white-tailed deer, fallow
deer, and reindeer.  We are taking this action because we have
determined that the tests can reliably detect the presence or
absence of antibodies to bovine tuberculosis in certain species of
captive cervids.  This action is necessary on an immediate basis in
order to provide regulated entities with more options in order to
meet the testing requirements for captive cervids within the


DATES: This interim rule is effective January 9, 2013.  We will consider all
comments that we receive on or before March 11, 2013.


ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following

Federal eRulemaking Portal:
Go to: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2012-0087-0001.
Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery:
Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2012-0087, Regulatory Analysis
and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118,
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.


Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may
be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2012-0087 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington,
DC.  Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through
Friday, except holidays.  To be sure someone is there to help you, please
call (202) 799-7039 before coming.


Senior Staff Veterinarian, Eradication and Surveillance Team, National
Center for Animal Health Programs, VS, APHIS, 2150 Centre Avenue,
Building B-3E20, Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117; (970) 494-7378.


See this website for the full article, including background
information: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-09/html/2013-00208.htm


Submitted by
Laurie Seale, President
Whitetails of  Wisconsin

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