F.D.A. ignoring negative impacts of feed ban: N.C.B.A.
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(MEATPOULTRY.com, April 07,
by Bryan Salvage
WASHINGTON — The Food and
Drug Administration’s April 6 decision to solicit public comments on
delaying the implementation of a new feed ban instead of on the ban itself
is being criticized by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
Since proposed in 2005,
N.C.B.A. has opposed the enhanced feed ban. The association continues to
urge F.D.A. to open the rule to public comment and delay implementation
until they have had adequate time to consider the many problems caused by
across the country have been suffering as a result of this proposed rule
months before it is scheduled to take effect," said Dr. Elizabeth
Parker, chief veterinarian for N.C.B.A. "Members of Congress and the
Senate have joined N.C.B.A. in petitioning the F.D.A. to reopen the rule
itself for public comment so that the people impacted by the rule can share
their stories. Instead, the F.D.A. 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
Industry and government
have worked together over the past two decades to put in place
science-based measures, which have proven successful in preventing and
reducing the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the U.S.,
N.C.B.A. said. B.S.E. incidence worldwide has dramatically decreased due to
the many measures put into place, including a series of interlocking
safeguards and science-based mitigation practices.
"We must continue to
look to the science to avoid over-regulating the industry and creating
policy that doesn’t meet our objective of a safer animal-health
system," Dr. Parker said.
The U.S. has prohibited
ruminant feed from including parts of other ruminants since 1997. N.C.B.A.
said this proactive "ruminant-to-ruminant" feed ban, combined
with other government and industry safeguards, has proven to be highly
successful in limiting B.S.E. in the U.S. herd. As a result, the U.S. has
an extremely low-level risk of B.S.E.
N.C.B.A. said the
enhanced feed ban would prohibit certain cattle-derived risk materials from
all animal feed. As a result, the enhanced feed ban would provide
negligible benefits to animal health or food safety. It would also create
tremendous costs for ranchers, exacerbate disposal issues and generate
environmental concerns. Many renderers stopped picking up dead livestock
because of the severe economic realities of this proposal as early as
"This rule has
essentially ended rendering services in many parts of the country, and left
producers with no legal alternatives," Dr. Parker says.
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