Tyson invests in US CattleTrace system
Tyson Fresh Meats, a Tyson Food subsidiary, announced its support for US CattleTrace, by that becoming the first beef processor to invest in the membership program, which was formed by multiple state cattlemen’s organizations to develop a national infrastructure for animal disease traceability in the US cattle industry. "We believe an animal traceability system is critical for disease traceability and maintaining our foreign markets. CattleTrace will provide market access protection as it is a robust traceability system and a robust data bank. That’s why Tyson has chosen to fully support CattleTrace," declared Tyson’s head of cattle procurement Kevin Hueserk, quoted by Drovers magazine.
Established in August 2018, CattleTrace was established as a private, not-for-profit corporation to securely maintain and manage the data collected for disease traceability. In January 2020, multiple state cattlemen’s organizations from major beef producing regions announced a partnership to form US CattleTrace. The organization’s objective is to help protect the producer’s share of the protein market from the potential impact of a disease event. That, organizers say, is critical because the US is one of only a few countries without a national animal identification system.
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