FDA should focus on achieving 100 percent compliance with the current animal feed regulations instead of changing the existing regulation, AMI Foundation President James H. Hodges said today at an FDA hearing about animal feed regulations held in Kansas City, MO.
The hearing was held to discuss
how or whether to strengthen a regulation
designed to help prevent the introduction of
bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) into the
nation’s livestock population.
believes the present FDA animal feeding
regulations are appropriate given the low level
of risk that BSE will occur in the United
States," Hodges said.
Hodges reiterated that
the U.S. does not have BSE and said “prudent
steps” were taken more than a decade ago to
prevent the disease. While Hodges acknowledged
the risk is not and never will be zero, he said
the risk is lower today than it was when the
disease was first recognized as a threat to
The current animal feeding
regulations restrict the use of animal protein
derived from mammalian tissues in feed for
ruminants. In light of new information
available since the original rule went into
effect in 1997, FDA requested information and
views from individuals and organizations on the
current rule and whether any changes are
The official record of this
hearing will remain open until November 21,
2001, to receive written comments. Comments
identified with Docket No. 01N-0423 can be
submitted (one copy by an individual and two
copies by organizations) to the Dockets
Management Branch, HFA-305, FDA, 5630 Fishers
Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD, 20852.
Hodges' testimony at: http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=BSE&NavMenuID=188&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=435.
AMIF President Stands Behind Current Animal Feed Ban at FDA HearingTuesday, October 30, 2001