The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is a large multi-faceted agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), working to protect public health and natural resources against invasive pests and pathogens.
Programs responsibilities include:
Animal product import/export monitoring
Disease detection and surveillance
Genetically engineered crop regulation
Regulating genetically engineered organisms
Animal disease information systems and traceability
Pest and disease control and quarantine for plant protection
These missions require extensive cooperation with State governments and coordination between public health and agriculture sectors for surveillance, detection and control.
APHIS is divided into the following primary divisions: