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AMI Files Citizen Petition to Keep All Non-Ambulatory Cattle Out of Food Supply

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The American Meat Institute, along with the National Meat Association and the National Milk Producers Federation, has filed a Citizen Petition with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service requesting that the agency amend the rules so that nonambulatory, disabled cattle are not permitted into the meat supply in any circumstance.

Specifically, the petition requests that 9 CFR 309.3 be amended to eliminate the provision that authorizes a public health veterinarian to allow, in limited circumstances, cattle that become non-ambulatory after passing ante-mortem inspection to enter the food supply.

 “It makes good sense that the provision  that allows non-ambulatory cattle to be reinspected for slaughter be rescinded,” said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle.  “Allowing the current rule to remain in force could ultimately undermine the confidence of U.S. consumers and foreign customers, in markets that are proving difficult to reopen in the first place,” he added.  

AMI and NMA have also pledged to encourage companies to engage in a voluntary moratorium regarding the slaughter and processing of such non-ambulatory cattle until FSIS has promulgated a final rule effecting the requested change.

To view the letter sent to Secretary Schafer, click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/storylinks/2008/Schaferletter.pdf

To view the petition, click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/storylinks/2008/04-22-2008Petition.pdf

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