Animal & Veterinary
CVM Produces BSE Video About Importance of Cleaning Trucks
FDA Veterinarian Newsletter 2006 Volume XXI, No V
The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), in cooperation with three national feed industry trade associations, has produced a video that explains the importance of cleaning out trucks that carry certain feed ingredients in preventing the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
The video offers recommendations to truckers for ways to comply with the requirements of the 1997 BSE feed rule concerning cross-contamination of feed for cattle and other ruminants with prohibited material.
Truckers are responsible for making sure their trucks are cleaned between shipments of feed ingredients containing prohibited material and shipments of feed for cattle and other ruminants. Prohibited material includes meat and bone meal and certain other materials from mammals that can carry the infectious agent for BSE.
The recommendations presented in the video are consistent with those listed in Guidance for Industry #68, “Small Entities Compliance Policy Guide for Protein Blenders, Feed Manufacturers, and Distributors.”
Instrumental in the development of the video were the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), and the National Renderers Association (NRA). These associations represent most of the animal feed and feed ingredient industry in the United States.
The video is about 11 minutes long. It was kept short on purpose so it could be shown to a truck driver waiting for the truck’s feed or ingredients to be loaded or unloaded at the feed or feed ingredient manufacturing facility or rendering plant.
CVM will provide access to the complete video through its Web site. The video is free of copyright and can be downloaded and used by anyone.
AFIA, NGFA, and NRA said they are distributing complimentary single copies on CD to member companies to be used by commercial feed mills, feed ingredient manufacturers, integrators, and others as part of an ongoing educational outreach to trucker-haulers.