American Meat Institute Applauds Agriculture Secretary Schafer’s Prompt Response to Industry Petition to Ban All Non-Ambulatory Cattle from the Beef SupplyTuesday, May 20, 2008
Since early 2004, non-ambulatory cattle that arrive at packing plants have been prohibited from the meat supply. However, USDA has permitted animals that arrive ambulatory, pass veterinary inspection and become non-ambulatory to undergo a second inspection. 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.
At the time, AMI President J.
“We appreciate the Department’s prompt response and timely action,” Boyle said today.
To see a copy of the industry petition, go to: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/11881share on facebook share on twitter