Animal & Veterinary
CVM Provides Information About Ruminant Feed (BSE) Inspections
April 19, 2001
A spreadsheet containing 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, that prohibits the use of most mammalian protein in feeds for ruminant animals, was implemented to prevent the establishment and amplification of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) through feed in the United States. The rule became effective on August 4, 1997.
Inspections of over 10,000 renderers, feed mills, ruminant feeders, and others (such as protein blenders) have been conducted to determine compliance with the BSE feed regulations. CVM has assembled information from the inspections that have been conducted, and this information is included in the spreadsheet. The name, city, State, and type of facility are included for each firm that has been inspected. The dates of the inspections and the violations for each inspection are also included. The listing is organized alphabetically by the State in which the inspected facility is located.
The information presented in the spreadsheet is from CVM’s database of inspectional information. This database is dynamic and changing frequently as additional inspectional information is received by CVM and entered into its database. Each entry represents an individual inspection. The information being presented may include some duplicates and differences in addresses and firm names. As CVM reviews the information, in addition to eliminating duplicates and assuring addresses are entered consistently, any errors in the firm type and spellings will be corrected as discovered. CVM hopes to be able to update the information posted on its Home Page on a monthly basis.