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"Preventing the Spread of BSE" - Video for Truckers Available Online

March 16, 2007

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) today announced the availability of the video,” Preventing the Spread of BSE,” on FDA’s website.  The approximately 11 minute video is intended for truckers to help prevent the spread of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, sometimes referred to as "mad cow disease").  The video explains the requirements under FDA’s BSE prevention feed regulations that truckers clean their conveyances to prevent cross-contamination when carrying materials prohibited for use in the feed of ruminants.  The video was developed in cooperation with FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), and the National Renderers Association (NRA).

In 1997, FDA published a final regulation designed to prevent the spread of BSE through animal feed.  The 1997 rule prohibits the use of most mammalian protein in the manufacture of animal feeds given to ruminant animals, such as cows, sheep, and goats.

Truckers have the responsibility to make sure their trucks are cleaned between shipments of feed containing meat and bone meal or other materials from mammals and shipments of feed for cattle and other ruminants to avoid cross contamination.  The video provides recommendations to truckers on how they can comply with the requirements to avoid cross-contamination.  These recommendations are consistent with those provided in FDA’s Guidance for Industry #68, Small Entities Compliance Policy Guide For Protein Blenders, Feed Manufacturers, and Distributors. The video also provides contact information for truckers who want more information about BSE at: www.fda.gov/cvm.


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Issued by: FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine

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