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FSIS Implements New Notice on Disposition of Non-Ambulatory Cattle

Friday, January 7, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has begun implementing Notice 74-10 regarding disposition of non-ambulatory cattle. The notice was announced December 21.

According to the notice, any cattle that are non-ambulatory when presented by the plant to the USDA veterinarian for ante-mortem inspection must be condemned and euthanized.  If cattle temporarily lie down at the plant, but rise for ante-mortem inspection, they may be passed if the veterinarian finds them fit for consumption.

The only exception is for veal calves that are non-ambulatory because they are cold or tired.  Cold or tired calves may be set apart for treatment and if subsequently deemed fit for consumption, they may be passed. 

The notice does not apply to calves that are under 400 pounds. 

To view the notice, click here:  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oppde/rdad/FSISNotices/74-10.pdf

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