July 14, 2008


US bans the use of SRM in feed


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) barred Wednesday (July 9) specified specific risk material (SRM) from cattle 30 months of age and older from being included in animal feed.


Bernadette Dunham, director of FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, said the final rule, which prohibits brain material and spinal cords from being included in feed, further protects animals and consumers against mad cow disease.


The regulation finalizes a proposed rule that the FDA issued for public comment in October 2005.


The rule is effective 12 months from its announcement to allow the US livestock, meat, rendering and feed industries time to adapt to the new regulation.


Under the rule, renderers processing cattle not inspected and passed for human consumption must provide FDA inspectors written protocols for determining the age of cattle and demonstrating the brain and spinal cords of cattle have been effectively removed.

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