Animal & Veterinary
Information about Ruminant Feed (BSE) Inspections Available
October 10, 2003
Information about inspections conducted under the FDA's ruminant feed (BSE) rule has been posted on FDA/Center for Veterinary Medicine's (CVM's) Home Page. This feed rule (21 CFR Part 589.2000 of the Code of Federal Regulations) that prohibits the use of most mammalian protein in feeds for ruminant animals was implemented to help prevent the establishment and amplification of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) through feed in the United States, should a case of BSE ever be found in this country.
FDA has recorded inspectional findings in a newly designed FDA BSE/Ruminant Feed Inspection Database. Inspections of renderers, feed mills, ruminant feeders, protein blenders, pet food manufacturers, pet food salvagers, animal feed distributors and transporters, ruminant feeders, and others are being conducted to determine compliance with the BSE/Ruminant Feed regulations. The database is dynamic, with new information being entered on a continual basis. Each entry in the database represents the results of an individual inspection as was captured on the BSE/Ruminant Feed Inspection Checklist.
Firm operations and compliance status may change over time. Most firms have been inspected more than once, but the results posted on the Home Page only relate to the most recent inspection. Also, the inspectional information presented is updated on a weekly basis. The search results are available in a webpage (.html), or the entire database is available in a spreadsheet (.xls) format.