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FDA Confirms April 27 as Effective Date for Livestock Feed Rule; Compliance Required by October 26

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed today that April 27, 2009, will be the effective date for the final feed rule, but full compliance will not be required until October 26, 2009.

The new final rule, “Substances Prohibited from Use in Animal Food or Feed," prohibits the use of certain cattle parts in ALL animal feed, including pet food. Prohibited parts consist primarily of brains and spinal cords from cattle 30 months of age or older, and the entire carcass of dead stock cattle, unless such cattle are shown to be less than 30 months of age or the brains and spinal cords are removed.

According to FDA, the extended compliance date will permit renderers more time to comply with the new requirements and will give cattle producers and packers, more time to identify appropriate methods for disposing of prohibited materials.   

The final rule is expected to be published in the April 24, 2009 Federal Register. To view a prepublication copy of the final rule, click here: http://www.federalregister.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2009-09466_PI.pdf

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