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U.S. FDA to tighten mad-cow safeguard "feed" rule
Tue Oct 4, 2005 1:08 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government will tighten its so-called feed rule -- a primary defense against mad cow disease -- by banning cattle brains and spinal cords in animal feed, but stop short of measures such as excluding restaurant scraps, industry sources said on Tuesday.

The Food and Drug Administration scheduled a news conference on Tuesday at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) to announce "proposed new safeguards" against mad cow but provided no details in advance.

Imposed in 1997, the feed rule bars the use of cattle parts in making cattle feed. After the first U.S. case of mad cow disease was found in December 2003, FDA began work on rules to strengthen its safeguards of human health.

Cattle industry sources said FDA was expected to ban from all animal feed the brains and spinal cords of cattle over 30 months of age, from "downer" cattle too ill to walk on their own and from carcasses of dead cattle.

"I think we're going to come close to Canada at the end of the day," said one cattle industry official. In his final days in office, former FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford said the new U.S. rules would parallel Canada.

Canadian officials say they hope by the end of the year to have in effect rules that ban cattle brains, spines and other "high-risk" materials from all animal feed.

Consumer groups and some lawmakers had called on the FDA to ban the use of cattle blood as a feed supplement, as well as chicken litter and restaurant scraps -- both of which could contain beef.

Scientists believe brain-destroying mad cow disease is caused by malformed proteins called prions. Cattle contract the disease, they say, through consumption of feed contaminated with the processed remains of cattle that had the disease.

Mad cow is a disease of older cattle, which is why some safeguards are aimed at animals over the age of 30 months.

People can develop a human version of mad cow disease by consuming infected meats.
 

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Crawford resignation may delay feed ban changes, cloned beef decision by
Pete Hisey on 10/4/2005 for Meatingplace.com Two issues that were moving
toward resolution early this fall may have been sidetracked by the
unexpected resignation of Lester Crawford as head of the Food and Drug
Administration in late September. FDA had indicated that a new, tougher
version of the animal feed ban was nearly ready for release, and some
industry reports indicate that the new ban may have been behind Crawford's
sudden resignation. If, as FDA indicated in September, the new ban is
virtually identical to Canada's feed ban, it will disallow plate waste,
poultry litter and bovine blood in the feed supply. These are highly
profitable niches for products that otherwise have little or no value, and
players in those niches have fought bitterly to hold on to their markets.

FDA is also reportedly ready to approve sale of beef from cloned cows and
their offspring, according to a report in The Miami Herald. Suppliers say
the meat would most likely come from the offspring, since cloned breeding is
an expensive proposition, but there would not likely be differentiation in
the rule allowing such sales. If such a recommendation is forthcoming, it
will be subject to a lengthy public discussion period and will likely come
in for criticism, as well as unfavorable press coverage. FDA had intended to
make the announcement within a few weeks, but Crawford's exit may move the
issue to the back burner, at least temporarily. Crawford, speaking shortly
before he resigned, said FDA is well aware that the move is controversial,
but scientific studies indicate that meat and milk from cloned cattle is
safe.

http://www.meatingplace.com/MembersOnly/webNews/details.aspx?item=14933


UPDATE ON USDA TRIPLE BSE FIREWALLS AND THOSE SEALED BORDERS

Recall Notification Report 032-2005


Product(s) Recalled:
Bone-In Beef Products

Production Dates/Identifying Codes:
Produced August 4, 2005. Products subject to recall include:
Five boxes of 243 lb. vacuum pouched packages of "American Foods Group, NECKBONE UNTRIM'D, USDA CHOICE OR HIGHER" with the case code of 77333;
One box of 50 lb. vacuum pouched package of "American Foods Group, SHORTLOIN 2X2, USDA SELECT OR HIGHER" with the case code of 75231;
One box of 60 lb. vacuum pouched package of "American Foods Group, SHORTLOIN 2X2, USDA CHOICE OR HIGHER" with the case code of 75060;
Five boxes of 258 lb. vacuum pouched packages of "Dakota Supreme Beef, SHORTLOIN 0X11/4", USDA SELECT OR HIGHER" with the case code of 75442;
Sixteen boxes of 811 lb. vacuum pouched packages of "American Foods Group, BLADE BI N/O CHUCK, USDA CHOICE OR HIGHER" with the case code of 75955;
Nine boxes of 435 lb. vacuum pouched packages of "American Foods Group, BLADE BI N/O CHUCK, USDA SELECT OR HIGHER" with the case code of 75952.

Each box bears the establishment number "410" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

Problem/Reason for Recall:
The products may contain portions of the backbone from a cow just over the 30-month age limit, imported for slaughter from Canada. Both ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection were done on the cow in question. FSIS inspection program personnel determined the cow to be healthy and fit for human food.

On this animal all specified risk materials (SRM) were removed, with the exception of portions of the vertebral column. This is the reason for the recall of the selected products.

How/When Discovered:
FSIS learned about this as a result of a Canadian audit of the health certificate of the imported cow. Prior to slaughter, the health certificate accompanying the cow was presented to the establishment, and it appeared complete and accurate. However, a subsequent audit of information related to the health certificate by Canadian officials found that it was not accurate. Action has been taken by Canadian Food Inspection Agency officials in response to findings from the audit.

Federal Establishment:
00410 M
Green Bay Dressed Beef, Inc
544 Acme Street
Green Bay, WI 54302

Consumer Contact:
Sally VandeHei, Executive Assistant, 877- 894-3927

Media Contact:
Jim Mulhern, National Media Contact, 202-496-2468
Susan Finco, Local Media Contact, 920-965-7750 ext 158

Quantity Recalled:
Approximately 1,850 pounds

Distribution:
Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

Recall Classification:
Class II

Recall Notification Level:
Wholesale

Press Release: Wisconsin Firm Recalls Beef Products

Direct Notification Means:
The firm has notified its customers verbally and will follow-up in writing.

FSIS Follow-up Activities:
Effectiveness checks by the FSIS, Office of Field Operations (OFO).

Other Agencies Involved:
None

FSIS Contacts:

FSIS Recall Coordinator: (608) 240-4080
Recall Management Staff: (202) 690-6389
Media Inquiries: (202) 720-9113
Congressional Inquiries: (202) 720-3897
Consumer Inquiries: 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854); TTY, 1-800-256-7072
Web Site: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/ (FSIS Main Page) or http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/ (Recall Information)

Date of Recall Meeting:
August 19, 2005

Recall Case Number:
032-2005


http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fsis_Recalls/RNR_032_2005/index.asp


RECALLS AND FIELD CORRECTIONS: VETERINARY MEDICINE -- CLASS II
______________________________
PRODUCT
Hydrolyzed Feather Meal, 50 lb. bags, Recall # V-109-5
CODE
Lot number: 11579
RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
Recalling Firm: Griffin Industries, Inc., Cold Springs, KY, by telephone on September 2, 2005.
Manufacturer: Griffin Industries, Inc., Henderson, KY. Firm initiated recall is ongoing.
REASON
Product may contain prohibited material and is not identified with the cautionary statement: "Do not feed to cattle or other ruminants".
VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
863/50 lb. bags
DISTRIBUTION
IN

END OF ENFORCEMENT REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 28, 2005

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http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/enforce/2005/ENF00919.html


TSS



gotta love the USA BSE/TSE triple firewalls and GW et al BSE/TSE MRR
policy. nothing like $ound $cience, and the legal trading of all strains of TSE globally. ...TSS



Docket No. 03-080-1 -- USDA ISSUES PROPOSED RULE TO ALLOW LIVE ANIMAL
IMPORTS FROM CANADA


https://web01.aphis.usda.gov/BSEcom.nsf/0/b78ba677e2b0c12185256dd300649f9d?OpenDocument&AutoFramed





Importation of Whole Cuts of Boneless Beef from Japan [Docket No. 05-004-1] RIN 0579-AB93 TSS SUBMISSION


http://docket.epa.gov/edkfed/do/EDKStaffItemDetailView?objectId=090007d480993808



http://docket.epa.gov/edkfed/do/EDKStaffAttachDownloadPDF?objectId=090007d480993808



http://docket.epa.gov/edkfed/do/EDKStaffCollectionDetailView?objectId=0b0007d48096b40d



Docket No, 04-047-l Regulatory Identification No. (RIN) 091O-AF46 NEW BSE SAFEGUARDS (comment submission)

https://web01.aphis.usda.gov/regpublic.nsf/0/eff9eff1f7c5cf2b87256ecf000df08d?OpenDocument


Docket No. 2003N-0312 Animal Feed Safety System [TSS SUBMISSION]

http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/03n0312/03N-0312_emc-000001.txt

Docket Management Docket: 02N-0273 - Substances Prohibited From Use in

Animal Food or Feed; Animal Proteins Prohibited in Ruminant Feed

Comment Number: EC -10

Accepted - Volume 2


http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/03/Jan03/012403/8004be07.html



PART 2


http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/03/Jan03/012403/8004be09.html



PDF]Freas, William TSS SUBMISSION

File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat -

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http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/01/slides/3681s2_09.pdf



Asante/Collinge et al, that BSE transmission to the 129-methionine

genotype can lead to an alternate phenotype that is indistinguishable

from type 2 PrPSc, the commonest _sporadic_ CJD;



http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/03/slides/3923s1_OPH.htm


TSS
 

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