Illinois Department of Agriculture issued the following news release:
Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will receive nearly half a
million dollars in federal funding to conduct important inspections for
bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), otherwise known as mad cow disease.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has entered into a cooperative
agreement with the department that will provide a total of $499,722 over
the next two years to ensure cattle feed produced and used in Illinois does
not contain ingredients that could transmit the rare brain-wasting disease.
the past 15 years, our inspectors have been contracted by the FDA to
inspect feed mills and feed manufacturing plants across the state,"
Agriculture Director Tom Jennings said. "But this agreement will allow
us to maintain our expanded on-farm surveillance efforts. We believe these
inspections provide additional assurance to consumers and our agricultural
trading partners that Illinois
beef is safe to eat."
contaminated with tissue from the nervous system of infected cattle is
believed to spread BSE. Therefore, the FDA has prohibited the use of
ruminant protein in feed for cattle and other ruminant animals since 1997.
The department enforces this prohibition in Illinois through regular inspections.
the past three years under a similar agreement, IDOA completed 450 on-farm
inspections and 150 non-farm inspections. More than 1,500 cattle feed
samples were collected and analyzed. Illinois
was one of eight states to receive federal funding in this cooperative
are pleased to say that no cattle feed samples have been found to contain
ruminant protein," Jim Larkin, bureau chief of Ag Products Inspection,
said. "Illinois farmers have done an
outstanding job of following the FDA guidelines put in place to maintain
the health of their cattle as well as the Illinois beef industry."
the next two years, IDOA inspectors will conduct an additional 300 BSE
on-farm inspections and 100 non-farm inspections, collecting at least 1,000