|FDA Announces Feed Ban Extensions
(November 1, 2005) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new measures to help further protect consumers against the agent thought to cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The agency is proposing to amend its animal feed regulations to prohibit from use in the food or feed of all animals certain high risk cattle materials that can potentially carry the BSE-infectious agent. All of the proposed prohibitions, except for those related to tallow, have already applied to cattle feed since 1997.
“These additional measures that we proposed will make an already small risk even smaller by further strengthening the effective measures already in place to protect American consumers from BSE,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D.
These high risk cattle materials prohibited in the proposed rule posted in the Oct. 6, 2005, Federal Register include:
Today’s proposed regulation builds on a series of firewalls that include FDA’s 1997 feed regulation which prohibits the use of certain mammalian-origin proteins in ruminant feed (e.g. for cattle and sheep), but allows these materials to be used in feed for non-ruminant species.
The removal of high-risk materials from all animal feed — including pet food — will protect against the transmission of the agent of BSE that could occur either through cross-contamination of ruminant feed with non-ruminant feed or feed ingredients during feed manufacture and transport, or intentional or unintentional misfeeding of non-ruminant feed to ruminants on the farm.