Feed Rule Compliance Excellent

A report released in January shows compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) ruminant feed ban to be excellent.

As of January 8, 2011, FDA had received over 83,000 inspection reports since 1997, with 73 percent conducted by state feed control officials and the remainder by FDA officials. None of the over 9,200 firms handling prohibited mammalian protein products failed a recent inspection, which include renderers, feed mills, and protein blenders. FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has summarized the results of ruminant feed rule inspections as of January 8, 2011, which is available at www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm239959.htm.

To help prevent the establishment and amplification of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) through feed in the United States, FDA implemented a final rule that prohibits the use of most mammalian protein in feeds for ruminant animals. This rule, Title 21, Part 589.2000 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), referred to as the ruminant feed ban, became effective on August 4, 1997.

A second rule, Title 21, Part 589.2001 of the CFR, called the enhanced feed ban, became effective on April 27, 2009. This rule prohibits the use of certain cattle-derived materials in all animal feed. The BSE inspection report form has been revised and is being used for determining compliance with both the ruminant feed ban and the enhanced feed ban.

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