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FDA Veterinarian Newsletter 2002 Volume XVI, No IV

FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has released a new version of the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Inspection Checklist, that is available on the Center's Home Page on the Internet. This checklist is to be used by all Federal and State inspectors to determine compliance with FDA's ruminant feed (BSE) regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Part 589.2000 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_01/21cfr589_01.html. This newest checklist version coincides with the release of a new database module that will record the results of all inspections conducted under this regulation.

This regulation that prohibits the use of most mammalian protein in feeds for ruminant animals was implemented to prevent the establishment and amplification of BSE through feed in the United States. The rule became effective on August 4, 1997. Inspections of more than 13,000 renderers, feed mills, ruminant feeders, and others (such as protein blenders) have been conducted to determine compliance with the BSE feed regulations. The majority of these inspections (around 80%) were conducted by State officials, and the remainder by FDA. A checklist has been used to record information on the compliance with the rules. This newly revised checklist supercedes all previous versions, and should be used in future inspections.

Questions or comments about the checklist may be directed to Dr. Neal Bataller in CVM's Division of Compliance at: Nbatalle@cvm.fda.gov, 301-827-0163.