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AMI Submits Comments to CFIA Regarding Proposed Feed Ban Enhancements

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

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."

AMI 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 States.

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.

To read the comments in their entirety, go to http://www.meatinstitute.org/CFIASRMCOmments.pdf

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