On July 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service published in the Federal Register (86 FR 37216) Inspection of Yak and Other Bovidae, Cervidae, and Camelidae Species.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is amending its regulations to define yak and include it among ‘‘exotic animals’’ eligible for voluntary inspection under 9 CFR part 352. This change is in response to a petition for rulemaking from a yak industry association, which FSIS granted in 2015. Additionally, FSIS is revising the definitions of antelope, bison, buffalo, catalo, deer, elk, reindeer, and water buffalo to make them more scientifically accurate. Moreover, FSIS is responding to comments on whether all farmed-raised species in the biological families Bovidae, Cervidae, and Camelidae, if not already subject to mandatory inspection, should be eligible for voluntary inspection, and whether any species in these families should be added to the list of amenable species requiring mandatory inspection.