American Meat Institute Files Citizen Petition to Keep All Non-ambulatory Cattle out of Food SupplyTuesday, April 22, 2008
The American Meat Institute, along with the
National Meat Association and the National Milk
Producers Federation, today filed a Citizen
Petition with the United States Department of
Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection
Service requesting that the agency amend the
rules so that nonambulatory, disabled cattle
are not permitted into the meat supply in any
Specifically, the petition requests that 9 CFR 309.3 be amended to eliminate the provision that authorizes a public health veterinarian to allow, in limited circumstances, cattle that become non-ambulatory after passing ante-mortem inspection to enter the food supply.
Consistent with this request, AMI and NMA pledged to encourage companies to engage in a voluntary moratorium regarding the slaughter and processing of such non-ambulatory cattle until FSIS has promulgated a final rule effecting the requested change.
The petition references the benefits
and efficiencies that can be gleaned from
eliminating the need to have a public health
veterinarian come out to reexamine an animal
that becomes non-ambulatory after passing
ante-mortem inspection. The requested
change also will benefit U.S trade negotiators
as they attempt to reopen beef markets that
have been closed for far too
“It makes good sense that the provision that allows non-ambulatory cattle to be reinspected for slaughter be rescinded,” said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle. “Allowing the current rule to remain in force could ultimately undermine the confidence of U.S. consumers and foreign customers, in markets that are proving difficult to reopen in the first place,” he added.