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FDA GUIDANCE ON RUMINANT FEED RULES AVAILABLE

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter May/June 1998 Volume XIII, No III

CVM has released four small entity compliance guides which explain in plain language how the new regulations prohibiting certain mammalian proteins from use in feed for ruminant animals apply to renderers, feed manufacturers, and livestock feeders. These new guides replace the single "Guidance for Industry -- Animal Proteins Prohibited From Animal Feed; Small Entity Compliance Guide" (Guidance Document 60); breaking out the requirements for each of these particular groups.

The titles of these new guides are as follows:

  • "Guidance for Industry -- Animal Proteins Prohibited From Animal Feed; Small Entity Compliance Guide for Renderers" (Guidance Document 67)
  • "Guidance for Industry -- Animal Proteins Prohibited From Animal Feed; Small Entity Compliance Guide for Protein Blenders, Feed Manufacturers, and Distributors" (Guidance Document 68)
  • "Guidance for Industry -- Animal Proteins Prohibited From Animal Feed; Small Entity Compliance Guide for Producers with On-Farm Mixing Operations" (Guidance Document 69)
  • "Guidance for Industry -- Animal Proteins Prohibited From Animal Feed; Small Entity Compliance Guide for Producers Without On-Farm Mixing Operations" (Guidance Document 70)

Among other things, each guide contains a one-page summary of how to comply with the regulations (published in the June 5, 1997 Federal Register) that prohibit the use of certain protein products derived from mammals in feed for beef and dairy cattle and in other ruminant animals. FDA adopted the regulations to protect U.S. cattle herds from the establishment and amplification of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) through feed, which has been reported in Europe. The disease has never been detected in the U.S. Scientists believe cattle can develop the disease after consuming rendered byproducts from infected animals.

The guides are available through the CVM Internet Home Page or by calling the FDA Veterinarian. Additional information on complying with the rule may be obtained by contacting CVM's Division of Compliance, 7500 Standish Place, HFV-230, Rockville, MD 20855, 301-594-1726.