April 5, 2010 | A recent report shows compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) ruminant feed ban continues to be “excellent,” as FDA puts it.
As of March 6, 2010, FDA had received over 76,000 inspection reports since 1997, with about 72 percent conducted by state feed control officials and the remainder by FDA officials. Of the over 8,000 firms handling prohibited mammalian protein products, only one firm, a licensed feed mill, failed a recent inspection. None of the 153 renderers handling prohibited materials failed recent inspections. FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has summarized the results of ruminant feed rule inspections as of March 6, 2010, and is available at www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm207367.htm.
To help prevent the establishment and amplification of bovine spongiform encephalopathy 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.