States Receive Feed Inspection Funding

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently awarded $3 million in direct and indirect costs to 12 states to conduct feed inspections related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) regulations for fiscal year 2010. An additional four years of funding will be available depending upon federal fiscal year appropriations and successful performance of the states.

The cooperative agreements with FDA will provide up to $250,000 per year for all costs incurred by the 12 U.S. states related to ensuring cattle feed produced and used in each state does not contain prohibitive material per FDA regulations. The states receiving the funding are Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington.

The FDA has prohibited the use of ruminant protein in feed for cattle and other ruminant animals since 1997 in an effort to prevent the spread of BSE. For years, FDA has contracted with state inspectors to inspect feed mills and feed manufacturing plants. For example, over the past two years under a similar agreement, the Illinois Department of Agriculture has completed 300 on-farm inspections and 100 non-farm inspections with more than 1,000 cattle feed samples collected and analyzed.

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