The Secure Milk Supply (SMS) Plan is currently under development. In the event foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is diagnosed in the United States, an animal health emergency will be declared and livestock and allied industries will feel the immediate impacts of animal quarantines, increased testing, and product movement restrictions. The just-in-time supply practices of milk movement in the U.S. could result in significant interruptions of milk and milk products to consumers, as well as create significant milk disposal and animal welfare issues on dairies. A well-developed, science and risk-based plan requires the input of industry, state and federal animal health officials.
Goals of SMS:
- Avoid interruptions in raw milk movement from dairy farms (with no evidence of infection) in a FMD Control Area to commercial processing;
- Provide a continuous supply of wholesome milk and milk products to consumers; and
- Maintain business continuity for dairy producers, haulers, and processors through response planning.
For more information:
Summary:SMS Plan for a Foot-and-Mouth Disease Outbreak
Project Update:April 2013
SMS Executive Summary: January 2012