To make the plans for the movement of products easier to use, two things are needed:
- permit criteria that were the same between commodities and products,
- simplified requirements (where possible) for getting permits
With these things in mind, several parts of the SPS guidances are harmonized.
There are many reasons why the language of the Secure Egg Supply (SES), the Secure Broiler Supply (SBS) and Secure Turkey Supply (STS) plans differ. The Egg, Broiler, and Turkey industries differ in their day to day practices, and the SES, SBS, and STS plans themselves were written by different work groups about different product movements. The plans address the mitigation of risks in unique ways but to be used in an outbreak, state and federal regulators need commonality in order to manage the diversity of species and products they may be asked to permit.
When there is a difference between SPS criteria and those in the individual SES, SBS, or STS plans, the harmonized SPS criteria and/or element meet or add mitigation for additional pathways of exposure or add additional samples to what is in the plan. For several key risk mitigation elements and/or criteria, harmonization is not possible. This is most often because the specific product movement requires additional mitigation steps in order to reach the acceptable risk level. In those instances, the additional criteria are listed on the product guidance.
Harmonized Permit Criteria
In addition to harmonized elements in the guidances, there are specific movement types that have similar aspects across commodities. The guidance for moving these products has also been harmonized where the permit criteria is the same across poultry species. These movements include: