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Non-Ambulatory Cattle Final Rule To Go Into Effect Friday

Thursday, April 16, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final rule prohibiting the processing of cattle that become non-ambulatory after they pass federal veterinary inspection is scheduled to go into effect Friday, April 17, 2009.

Establishment personnel must notify Food Safety and Inspection (FSIS) inspection personnel when cattle become non-ambulatory disabled after passing ante-mortem inspection. Non-ambulatory disabled cattle that are offered for slaughter must be condemned and disposed of in accordance with 9 CFR 309.3.  The FSIS directive is 6100.1 – Ante-Mortem Livestock Inspection.

AMI has been a vocal supporter of this rule, sending a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture and filing a Citizen Petition with FSIS urging the amendment of the existing rule.

For more information on this rule, click here: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-5987.pdf

To view the FSIS directive to inspection personnel on condemning cattle that become non-ambulatory disabled after passing ante-mortem inspection, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/6100.1Rev1.pdf

To view the FSIS directive to Inspectors-In-Charge regarding discussing the rule at the next weekly meeting, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/29-09.pdf

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