Food and Drug Administration announced it has officially delayed for 60
days the 2008 BSE final rule prohibiting the use of certain cattle
materials in feed for all animals. The effective date is pushed back to
June 26 from April 27.
Additionally, FDA has allowed for a seven-day comment period, although
the agency has stipulated that comments be confined to discussion on
whether to delay the effective date rather than the merits of the ban
itself. The agency said comments must be submitted within seven days of
publication of the proposed delay in the Federal Register.
Industry groups have been pressing FDA to allow more time for their
constituents, packers and renders among them, to come into compliance
with the law. Primarily at issue is the rule's prohibition of rendering
the spinal cords and brains of cattle more than 30 months of age, which
forces such stakeholders to find alternative, often costly methods of
Among the rule's critics is the National Cattlemen's Beef Association,
which said FDA needs to allow adequate time for the agency to consider
the problems the ban is causing.
"Members of Congress and the Senate have joined NCBA in
petitioning the FDA to reopen the rule itself for public comment so
that the peope impacted by the rule can share their stories," NCBA
Chief Veterinarian Dr. Elizabeth Parker said in a statement.
"Instead, the FDA is only allowing seven days of comments on
whether to delay the implementation of the rule by 60 days. This is a
weak and ineffective response to the issues already arising from this
Written comments on the issue are due on or before April 16 to the
Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration,
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Electronic comments
may be submitted to www.regulations.gov.
Identify all submissions to the docket with the following docket
number: FDA–2002–N–0031 (formerly Docket No. 2002N–0273).
FDA said questions may be directed to Burt Pritchett, Center for
Veterinary Medicine (HFV-22), FDA, 7519 Standish Place, Rockville, MD
20855, 240-453-6860, email@example.com.