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Video on Cleaning Trucks, Transports to Prevent BSE Wins Awards

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter 2007 Volume XXII, No IV

An important way to help prevent the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, also known as mad cow disease) is to make sure trucks and other equipment used to haul feed and feed ingredients are clean. To highlight that point, the Center for Veterinary Medicine, in cooperation with trade associations representing feed and feed ingredient suppliers, produced an award winning video that explains the concern.

The video, titled “Preventing the Spread of BSE,” provides a short, to the point presentation that can be viewed by truck drivers waiting for their trucks to be unloaded at a feed mill. The video describes the situation and explains why truck operators need to properly clean out their trucks when hauling feed material.

The BSE feed regulations require that truckers and other transporters implement clean-out procedures to avoid cross-contamination if their conveyances are used to haul mammalian-origin material prohibited from being fed to cattle or other ruminants, as well as feed or feed ingredients that may be fed to ruminant animals.

CVM developed the video with the cooperation of the American Feed Industry Association, the National Grain and Feed Association, and the National Renderers Association. The trade associations represent nearly all feed manufacturers and animal protein ingredient manufacturers in the United States.

Actual production of the video was done by the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, in the video studio of its Division of Communication Media.

The video has won the following awards:

  • U.S. International Film and Video Festival, Silver Screen Award.
  • Hermes Creative Awards, Gold Winner, 2007.
  • Telly Award, honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs and the finest video and film productions, 2007 Bronze Winner.
  • The Communicator, an international competition honoring A/V programs, Award of Distinction.
  • Mercury 06 Excellence Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in public relations and corporate communications, Bronze Winner.

The cooperating trade associations have made copies of the video available to their members. In addition, CVM has made copies available through FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs for distribution to FDA District Offices, FDA field investigators, and State feed regulatory officials.

Additional copies are available. To see about obtaining a copy, please send your request through the CVM Homepage.

The video is also available through CVM’s Web site.

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[1st photo] CVM created the video, “Preventing the Spread of BSE,” in association with the American Feed Industry Association, the National Feed and Grain Association, and the National Renderers Association, to explain to truck drivers and others the need to properly clean equipment when hauling feed ingredients to avoid the spread of BSE through cross contamination of feed.

[2nd photo] The narrator in the video, “Preventing the Spread of BSE,” describes the need for properly cleaning equipment used to carry feed ingredients to prevent the spread of BSE.


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