SSWS Plan for Continuity of Business

If foot and mouth disease (FMD) is found in United States livestock, Regulatory Officials will limit the movement of animals and animal products to try and control the spread of this very contagious animal disease.

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is not a public health or food safety concern. Meat and milk are safe to eat and drink.

The Secure Sheep and Wool Supply (SSWS) Plan for Continuity of Business provides opportunities to voluntarily prepare before an FMD outbreak. This will better position premises with sheep that have no evidence of infection to:

  • Limit exposure of their animals through enhanced biosecurity,
  • Move animals to processing or another premises under a movement permit issued by Regulatory Officials, and
  • Maintain business continuity for the sheep industry, including producers, haulers, packers and wool processors during an FMD outbreak.