Livestock traceability proposal signed into law

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Livestock traceability proposal signed into law


Legislation aimed at improving the response to livestock disease was signed into law March 29. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Bruce Chandler, ranking Republican on the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

House Bill 2456 will improve the state's ability to identify and trace the source of a disease while protecting ranchers' sensitive business and financial information.

“This new law is important to ensuring we continue to have high standards for food safety,” said Chandler, R-Granger. “Consumer confidence in Washington's food supply is key. Our response can define the success or failure of Washington's second largest industry for years.”

The bill received unanimous support in the House and Senate, and will go into effect June 6, 2012. The Legislature is currently in a 30-day special session, which runs through April 10. Sign up for Chandler's e-mail updates at

Contact: Sarah Stewart, Public Information Officer, (360) 786-7720


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