Premise ID, COOL Information, Drug Affidavits
County of Origin Labeling (COOL) Information
What is COOL?
The COOL (Country of Origin Labeling) law was put into effect for fish and shellfish on April 4, 2005. The final rule for all of the other covered commodities took effect on September 30, 2008.
This new requirement is not meant to be burdensomefor producers to follow, but buyers of livestock projects (e.g., 4-H’ers or packers) will be asking for more information than they have in the past.
Premise ID Information
What is Premise ID?
Premise identification is part of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) being developed to identify animals and track them as they move from one location to another. The purpose of the program is to create a database that will allow a rapid traceback in the event of a disease concern. Youth may already have a premise ID number for the farm where their 4-H hogs are being cared for.
Who is Requiring Premise ID?
Currently, Premise ID numbers are required for swine by Tyson Fresh Meats and Hormel Foods. Other packers may soon follow in the coming years. This is mainly due to increasing requirements and precautions on food safety from not only U.S. entities but also those overseas including the Japanese market. Premise ID numbers will NOT be required for the Iowa State Fair 4-H exhibitors. Keep in mind, Premise ID number requirements may increase in the future for all swine exhibitors and possibly other species. Stay tuned for more information.
How do Youth Obtain a Premise ID Number?
The Premise ID must be for the farm where the animals are being cared for—if that is not where the 4-H’er lives, they will need the owner of the property where the animals are being cared for to submit the form and the 4-H’er would use that number. The form may be accessed and submitted on the web at http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/animalIndustry/pdf/premiseIDapp.pdf. It may take several weeks to receive the number, so it is important to complete the application right away.
Questions/Premise ID application status: IDALS, 1-888-778-7675.
4-H Market Animal Care and Disclosure Forms (Drug affidavit)
The State Fair 4-H Animal Care and Disclosure Form, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/delaware/page/animal-care-and-management-disclosure-statement, has been updated to match what is needed by packers. This way, we can use one form for either County Fair 4-H’ers or State Fair 4-H’ers.
Youth need to make sure they keep accurate records and include ALL medications and additives on the disclosure form.
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