2002N-0273 Animal Proteins Prohibited in Ruminant Feed
FDA Comment Number : EC178
Submitter : Ms. Erin Riddle Date & Time: 12/19/2005 12:12:21
Organization : Ms. Erin Riddle
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
First let me thank you for allowing this opportunity to comment on this proposed rule. I am a consumer who is concerned about the safety of America's food supply and the health and well-being of American consumers.

I was shocked and outraged to learn that the FDA would like amend 21 CFR part 589, which prohibits the use of ruminant feed mammalian blood and blood products and inspected meat products that have been cooked and offered for human food and further heat processed for feed (plate waste), as well as amend the regulations to ban the use of specified risk materials (SRM) and materials from dead and downer cattle from all animal feed.

After the tragedy related to BSE in Europe and then later here in the United States, the prohibition of these items from our food supply was done with good reason, to ensure that American beef consumers can be confident in the quality and safety of their meat, and to keep American consumers healthy and free from BSE.

American consumers deserve to trust that you will act on their behalf and keep the beef supply in our country safe and BSE free. It is your responsibility to serve the American people, not the cattle industry and their lobbyists. I and numerous other consumers will be watching this issue very closely and hope that you will act on our behalf. Failure to do so will not only disregard the needs of consumers, but also deal a major blow to beef cattle producers. If these elements are in fact permitted, trust in the safety of American beef supply will plummet, consumers will decide to an even great extent to not eat beef, and the consequences will be devastating for America's beef producers.

Once again, I urge you not to permit this amendment of 21 CFR part 589 to pass.