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Non-ambulatory Cattle Language Defeated

Friday, September 26, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The Senate today rejected a motion to proceed to the Economic Stimulus package (S. 3604), which includes language that would ban non-ambulatory disabled cattle from entering the food supply.  The measure was rejected by a vote of 52 to 42.   The language also included additional civil money penalties.  Sixty votes were required for the Senate to proceed to debate and consideration of the bill. 

On August 27, USDA issued a proposed rule banning non-ambulatory cattle from the food supply.  Since early 2004, non-ambulatory cattle that arrive at packing plants have been prohibited from the meat supply.  In 2007, USDA promulgated a rule that allows cattle that arrive ambulatory, pass veterinary inspection and become non-ambulatory to undergo a second inspection.  Thus, on a case by case basis, some healthy, but non-ambulatory cattle have entered the meat supply with federal veterinary approval.

On April 22, AMI, together with the National Meat Association and the National Milk Producers Federation, petitioned USDA and asked the department to end the option to have a second inspection.  To see a copy of the industry petition, go to:  http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/11881

 

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