The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled out the use of high-risk materials from cattle 30 months of age or older for use in all animal feed. This will prevent any accidental cross-contamination between ruminant feed and non-ruminant feed or feed ingredients.
US makers of pet food and all other animal feed will be prevented from using
certain materials from cattle at the greatest risk for spreading mad cow disease
under a rule that regulators finalized on Wednesday.
occur during manufacture, transport or through the accidental misfeeding of
non-ruminant feed to ruminant animals.
Canada and the United States
already banned the use of protein from cows and other ruminant animals such as
goats and sheep in cattle feed in 1997, following a mad cow outbreak in
The final rule, to be published in today’s
edition of the federal register, bans cattle parts including:
The revised rule, amending FDA’s 1997 ruminant feed ban, is aimed
at further enhancing safeguards against BSE and will go into effect April 27,
2009. It was proposed Oct. 6, 2005, and FDA said it received more than 840
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