FDA plans ban on cattle tissue in feed


FDA plans ban on cattle tissue in feed

Dec 30, 2008
By dvm360.com staff
Rockville, Md. -- The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is accepting comments through Jan. 26 on a planned regulation that would ban use of cattle tissues in animal feeds.

The rule, which would take effect April 27, is meant to reduce the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) by prohibiting use of brains and spinal cords from cattle 30 months and older in all animal feed.

The biological materials already are prohibited in feed for ruminants, including cattle, sheep and goats.

Consumption of beef infected with BSE is believed to cause variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.