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FDA Issues Final BSE Rule

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a rule finalizing three previously-issued interim final rules designed to further reduce the potential risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in human food. The final rule provides definitions for prohibited cattle materials and bars their use in human food, dietary supplements and cosmetics. These materials include specified risk materials, the small intestine from all cattle unless the distal ileum has been properly removed, material from nonambulatory disabled cattle and material from cattle not inspected and passed, or mechanically separated. The rule also confirms that milk and milk products, hides and hide-derived products, tallow that contains no more than 0.15 percent insoluble impurities and tallow derivatives are not prohibited cattle materials. Meanwhile, FDA finalized the process for designating a country as not subject to BSE-related restrictions applicable to FDA-regulated human food and cosmetics. Finally, the rule defines gelatin and clarifies that gelatin is not considered a prohibited cattle material if it is manufactured using the customary industry processes specified.

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