The American Meat Institute (AMI) filed comments to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) today requesting that the Agency rethink its proposal to remove specified risk material (SRM) from all animal feed as an enhancement to Canada's existing feed ban. AMI maintains that such regulations are not justified.
Changes to the
Canadian regulation would also disturb the
balance of the North American BSE prevention
measures that are in place. AMI writes, "The
overriding objective of the North American
industry is full and complete harmonization of
regulations related to the prevention and
control of BSE on the continent."
said changes to the Canadian regulation would
have no immediate effect in reducing the number
of BSE cases that might occur over the next few
years. Even in future years, only minimal
potential risk reduction will be achieved at
enormous cost. Such actions do not constitute
prudent public policy.
Included as an
attachment to today's comments, AMI references
comments previously submitted to the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) when a similar
feed ban proposal was made in the United
Canadian officials are
currently conducting a review of their existing
feed ban. The new, proposed enhancements are
moving through the regulatory process. This
comment period closes on Feb. 24.
read the comments in their entirety, go to http://www.meatinstitute.org/CFIASRMCOmments.pdf
AMI Submits Comments to CFIA Regarding Proposed Feed Ban EnhancementsWednesday, February 23, 2005