200 C Street, SW
April 16, 1998
TO: All Regional Food and Drug Directors Attn: Regional Milk Specialists
FROM: Milk Safety Branch (HFS-626)
SUBJECT: PROTEIN FEED RULES
The enclosed CVM Update titled INFORMATION FOR DAIRY AND BEEF PRODUCERS - PROTEIN FEED RULES explains rules now in effect to prevent the establishment and spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States.
Observations of prohibited animal protein being fed to dairy animals are not a violation of the Grade "A" Pasteurized Milk Ordinance. However, the FDA would appreciate assistance in the dissemination of information about these rules. The FDA requests the state milk regulatory officials to widely distribute this CVM Update. This might include leaving a copy with farm inspection reports, providing copies at meetings of dairy farmers or to local dairy extension agents. Additional copies of the CVM Update are enclosed with this memorandum for distribution.
Additional information or additional copies of this Update are available from:
Gloria Dunnavan, Consumer Safety Officer
Center for Veterinary Medicine
Office of Surveillance and Compliance
Division of Compliance, HFV-236
7500 Standish Place, Metro Park North
Rockville, MD 20855
Phone (301) 594-1726
FAX (301) 594-1812
Copies of this memorandum are enclosed for your distribution to District Milk Specialists, state milk regulatory agencies, State Laboratory Evaluation Officers (LEOS) and State Milk Rating Officers in your region. This memorandum is also available on the FDA Prime Connection Computer bulletin board system (internet address: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov)(Updated Web Address), and should be widely distributed to representatives of the dairy industry, state veterinarians, state veterinary and pharmacy boards, veterinary professional organizations, and other interested parties.
Joseph M. Smucker