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FDA HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING ON RUMINANT FEED (BSE) RULES

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter November/December 2001 Volume XVI, No VI

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public hearing October 30, 2001, to solicit information and views on its present animal feeding regulation "Animal Proteins Prohibited in Ruminant Feed" - Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Part 589.2000. The purpose of the rule is to help prevent the establishment and amplification of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in U.S. cattle herds through feed and thereby help minimize any risks from BSE to animal or human health.

FDA recognizes that new information has emerged on BSE and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) since the rule went into effect in 1997. Therefore, FDA is requesting information and views from individuals and organizations on the present rule and whether changes in the rule or other additional measures are necessary. The Agency is particularly interested in soliciting comments and views from individuals, industry, consumer groups, health professionals, and researchers with expertise in BSE and related animal and human diseases.

Written comments regarding this issue are welcome at anytime; however, the official record of the hearing will remain open to receive written comments until November 21, 2001. Individuals and organizations wishing to submit written comments on these issues should submit their written comments to the Dockets Management Branch, HFA-305, Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Individuals may submit one copy of their comments; others are requested to submit two copies of their comments. Those submitting written comments should identify their comments with Docket No. 01N-0423. To submit electronic comments go to http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/oc/dockets/edockethome.cfm.