Cow Brains, Spinal Cords to be Banned From Pet Food Starting in 2009
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 by: David Gutierrez
Source of Article: http://www.naturalnews.com/024489.html
(NaturalNews) Effective April 23, 2009, the FDA
has banned a series of cattle products from all animal feed and pet food in
attempt to prevent the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also
known as mad cow disease.
BSE is a fatal, degenerative disease of the brain cause by defective proteins
known as prions. These prions
can be acquired by consuming the flesh of infected animals and lead to a
similarly fatal human version of the disease, known as variant
Federal regulations already prohibit using ruminant protein as part of the
feed given to other ruminants. These measures were instituted in the United States and Canada
in 1997, after a mad cow
outbreak in the United
Ruminants are animals that chew their cud, such as cows, sheep and goats.
Other U.S. protections against mad cow disease
include a partial ban on slaughtering cattle that cannot
stand, which are more likely to be infected with BSE, and a requirement
that meatpackers remove the spine and brain from all slaughtered animals. These
are the body parts most likely to carry mad-cow-causing prions.
The new regulations expand these rules in an attempt to keep BSE prions out of any animal feed, out of
awareness that ruminant and non-ruminant feed might contaminate each other
during the manufacturing or transport processes, or that ruminants might
accidentally be given the wrong kind of feed.
Any animal feed will now be prohibited from containing any materials from a
BSE-infected animal; the brain
or spinal cord of any cattle aged 30 months or older; materials from any
cattle that are aged 30 months or older, have not had their spinal cords
removed and have not been inspected and approved for human consumption;
tallow containing more than 0.15 percent insoluble purities, or that has been
derived from any other prohibited materials; and mechanically separated beef
derived from any other prohibited materials.