The Government Accountability Office says the USDA has not made procedures to prevent Foot and Mouth Disease in U.S. livestock a priority.
The GAO recommends the administrator of APHIS should follow
the agency’s standard operating procedures to prioritize corrective actions for
FMD preparedness, monitor progress and track completion of those actions.
The GAO says a U.S. FMD outbreak would “likely halt exports
of all livestock products” and could have serious economic consequences.