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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: Stricter cattle feed rules on the way (some time in the next millennium, we hope)
Date: October 4, 2005 at 6:58 am PST


Crawford resignation may delay feed ban changes, cloned beef decision by Pete Hisey on 10/4/2005 for Two issues that were moving toward resolution early this fall may have been sidetracked by the unexpected resignation of Lester Crawford as head of the Food and Drug Administration in late September. FDA had indicated that a new, tougher version of the animal feed ban was nearly ready for release, and some industry reports indicate that the new ban may have been behind Crawford's sudden resignation. If, as FDA indicated in September, the new ban is virtually identical to Canada's feed ban, it will disallow plate waste, poultry litter and bovine blood in the feed supply. These are highly profitable niches for products that otherwise have little or no value, and players in those niches have fought bitterly to hold on to their markets.

FDA is also reportedly ready to approve sale of beef from cloned cows and their offspring, according to a report in The Miami Herald. Suppliers say the meat would most likely come from the offspring, since cloned breeding is an expensive proposition, but there would not likely be differentiation in the rule allowing such sales. If such a recommendation is forthcoming, it will be subject to a lengthy public discussion period and will likely come in for criticism, as well as unfavorable press coverage. FDA had intended to make the announcement within a few weeks, but Crawford's exit may move the issue to the back burner, at least temporarily. Crawford, speaking shortly before he resigned, said FDA is well aware that the move is controversial, but scientific studies indicate that meat and milk from cloned cattle is safe.


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From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 9:31 AM
Subject: Stricter cattle feed rules on the way (some time in the next millennium, we hope)

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From: TSS ()
Subject: Stricter cattle feed rules on the way (some time in the next millennium, we hope)
Date: September 20, 2005 at 7:17 am PST

Sept. 20, 2005, 12:04AM

Stricter cattle feed rules on the way
Limit on remains will extend to food for all animals
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The government will close a gap in the U.S. defense against the spread of mad cow disease by changing feed regulations to mirror a proposal in Canada, FDA commissioner Lester Crawford said Monday.

In remarks to a food policy conference hosted by the Consumer Federation of America, Crawford said the new regulations would be coming soon. But he did not say when.

Canada has proposed regulations banning at-risk tissues — brains, spinal cords and other parts that can carry mad cow disease — from feed for all animals, including chickens, pigs and pets. The new rules have not yet taken effect; current rules are the same as U.S. rules.

Ground-up cattle remains — leftovers from slaughtering operations — were used as protein in cattle feed until 1997, when a mad cow outbreak in Britain prompted the U.S. to ban the feed industry from using cattle remains in cattle feed.

However, the U.S. ban doesn't apply to feed for other animals, creating a potential pathway for the mad cow protein to be fed back to cattle.

For example, it's legal to add cattle protein to chicken feed. Feed that spills from cages mixes with chicken waste on the ground, then is swept up for use in cattle feed. Besides the risk of transmission from uneaten feed, scientists believe chicken waste presents a risk because the bovine spongiform encephalopathy protein will survive the trip through a chicken's gut.

The FDA promised to tighten the rules after the nation's first case of mad cow disease was confirmed in December 2003. FDA said it would ban blood, poultry litter and restaurant plate waste — all potential pathways for the mad cow protein to be fed back to cattle.

FDA scrapped those restrictions last July. At the time, Crawford said an international team of experts assembled by the Agriculture Department wanted even stronger rules.

The first U.S. case of mad cow disease, confirmed in December 2003, was in a Canadian-born cow in Washington state. The second case, a Texas-born cow, tested positive in June.

Crawford did not say whether the new rules would ban cattle blood and restaurant leftovers, also considered potential pathways for BSE, from feed.


THEY could or would not enforce the original partial and voluntary ruminant feed ban of 8/4/97. IN 2005 it is still not working;

From: TSS ()
Date: August 16, 2005 at 6:09 am PST

Aug. 15, 2005, 11:39PM

1,000 citations issued on mad cow regulations
Meatpackers didn't follow rules on tissue removal
Bloomberg News

U.S. government inspectors cited meatpackers more than 1,000 times over
a 17-month period for violating rules concerning the removal of tissue
associated with mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said

Some 1,036 "noncompliance" reports covering the January 2004-May 2005
period were released, the USDA said. The reports document instances of
meatpackers failing to properly remove "specified risk materials" or
SRMs - brains, spinal cord tissue and other tissues that scientists say
harbor the disease. ..........snip......end

THESE ''noncompliance reports could very well have led to much ruminant feed entering the animal feed chain. UNTIL they can fully enforce the original ruminant feed ban of 8/4/97, these additional proposed safeguards will be nothing but more ink on paper. ...

Hunkering down in Bacliff, Texas 77518 and still so very disgusted. ...TSS

Docket No. 2003N-0312 Animal Feed Safety System [TSS SUBMISSION]

Docket Management Docket: 02N-0273 - Substances Prohibited From Use in

Animal Food or Feed; Animal Proteins Prohibited in Ruminant Feed

Comment Number: EC -10

Accepted - Volume 2



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