From: TSS ()
Subject: FDA Strengthens Safeguards for Consumers of Beef MORE INK ON PAPER
Date: April 24, 2008 at 1:53 pm PST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2008
Siobhan DeLancey, 301-827-6242
FDA Strengthens Safeguards for Consumers of Beef
Issues Regulation on Animal Feeds with Added Safeguards Against BSE
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a final regulation
barring certain cattle materials from all animal feed, including pet food.
The final rule further protects animals and consumers against bovine
spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, also known as "mad cow disease").
“This FDA action serves to further protect the U.S. cattle population from
the already low risk of BSE,” said Dr. Bernadette Dunham, Director of FDA’s
Center for Veterinary Medicine. “The new rule strengthens existing
The materials that can no longer be used in animal feed are the tissues that
have the highest risk for carrying the agent thought to cause BSE. These
high risk cattle materials are the brains and spinal cords from cattle 30
months of age and older. The entire carcass of cattle not inspected and
passed for human consumption is also prohibited, unless the cattle are less
than 30 months of age, or the brains and spinal cords have been removed. The
risk of BSE in cattle less than 30 months of age is considered to be
The removal of high-risk materials from all animal feed will further protect
against inadvertent transmission of the agent thought to cause BSE, which
could occur through cross-contamination of ruminant feed (intended for
animals with four-chambered stomachs, such as cattle) with non-ruminant feed
or feed ingredients during manufacture and transport, or through misfeeding
of non-ruminant feed to ruminants on the farm. The added measure of
excluding high-risk materials from all animal feeds prevents any accidental
feeding of such ingredients to cattle.
Today’s regulation finalizes a proposed rule that the FDA issued for public
comment in October 2005. The final rule is effective 12 months from today to
allow the livestock, meat, rendering, and feed industries time to adapt
their practices to comply with the new regulation. Under the new
requirements of the final rule, renderers that process cattle not inspected
and passed for human consumption must make available for FDA inspection
their written protocols for determining the age of cattle and demonstrating
that the brain and spinal cords of cattle have been effectively removed.
Scientific studies have linked BSE to cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob
Disease (vCJD) in humans, an invariably fatal disease that most likely
results from human consumption of infectious material from cattle with BSE.
A 1997 rule prohibited specific risk materials from use in the human food
supply. There have been no vCJD cases linked to consumption of U.S. beef and
the risk of BSE among U.S. cattle is low.
FDA regulates feed and drugs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and
FDA together promulgate and enforce the regulations that ensure the
exclusion of specific risk materials from the human food supply.
For a copy of the final rule and other information about the FDA's work on
BSE, go to www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/bse.html.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008
FDA Strengthens Safeguards for Consumers of Beef Issues Regulation on Animal Feeds with Added Safeguards Against BSE
MORE INK ON PAPER! the 8/4/97 partial and voluntary ruminant-to-ruminant
mad cow feed ban was nothing but ink on paper. in 2007 along over 10 MILLION POUNDS OF BANNED FEED WAS FED OUT INTO COMMERCE, and that was just two recalls ;
END OF ENFORCEMENT REPORT FOR MARCH 21, 2007