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FDA considering delaying implementation of rendering regulation


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By Bailey Naugle

 

The controversial U.S. Food and Drug Administration rule regarding the rendering of older cattle, originally scheduled to take effect on April 27, could be delayed 60 days due to the dilemma it would likely create for the U.S. cattle industry.

The pending regulation would prohibit rendering of the brains and spinal cords of cattle over 30 months of age. The rule is intended to prevent Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy – also known as mad cow disease – from entering the food supply. The rule is based on evidence that tissue of brains and spinal cords from older cattle is more likely to contain BSE than that in cattle younger than 30 months of age.

However, many industry organizations share the concern that the regulation will do little to protect the food supply, as there is little to no threat of mad cow disease in the U.S., and only create additional challenges for rendering companies, transporters and producers by increasing the cost of rendering beyond producers’ capacity which will result in burying, burning or illegal dumping of carcasses.

Through April 16 the FDA is accepting public comment on whether or not to delay the effective date of the regulation. To submit your comment on the issue visit www.regulations.gov, and enter FDA-2002-N-0031.

Anyone with questions on the issue can contact Burt Pritchett, of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, at 240-453-6860 or burt.pritchett@fda.hhs.gov.