Docket Management
Docket: 01N-0423 - Substances Prohibited from Use in Animal Food or Feed; Animal Proteins Prohibited in Ruminant Feed.
Comment Number: EC -9

Accepted - Volume 4

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. David Rama Date/Time 2001-11-20 10:23:55
Organization The Cattle Exchange
Category Company

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments Recent dramatic losses in the EU and Japan with respect to (BSE)Mad Cow Disease, should be enough evidence for the FDA to ban the feeding of all mammalian proteins in the livestock industry. The industry can easily adapt to this policy and grain products will easily make up the difference. It is important to note that the EU and many other countries have or will eliminate the importantation of our U.S. products and by products of the livestock industry unless we adopt a much stricter policy regarding this issue. In addition to a ban on beef and other meat products we have already seen a ban on the exportation of cattle embryos in recent months. Live cattle shipments were halted more than 20 years ago from the U.S. to the EU and the doors have never opened. Once the door closes, it is virtually impossible to reopen unless we adopt a policy that will be suitable for all. Purebred breeders of livestock have continually exported embryo's to the EU for for over 18 years and the sale of these embryo's has provided substantial revenue's to these breeders. With the doors closed to the EU, many of these purebred breeders of livestock will face diminishing incomes. If you ask consumers of livestock products, purebred livestock breeders and the ministers of agriculture in the EU, they will almost all give you the same answer. Halt the feeding of animal proteins in our feedstuffs to livestock. This is an easy decision to make when you study the facts. Thanking you in advance for your consideration of this matter. David M. Rama The Cattle Exchange

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