The American Meat Institute is pleased that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) acknowledged the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) significant improvement to its management and oversight of federal feed regulations.
FDA’s comprehensive inspection records
show substantial compliance with the federal
ban on feeding ruminant protein to ruminants.
We share FDA’s view, detailed in its response
to the GAO report, that the agency’s
inspection and oversight have been transparent
and thorough and that FDA’s statement that
the feed industry is 99 percent in compliance
with the feed ban is fair and accurate.
USDA’s BSE surveillance program is
further testament to the feed ban’s success.
USDA has tested more than 275,000 cattle since
June 1, 2004, with no positive cases. FDA’s
feed restrictions should be credited with
preventing the spread of BSE in the U.S.
GAO’s responsibility is to provide
constructive criticism. FDA has properly
evaluated GAO's recommendations and no doubt
these will only make a good program even
AMI Statement: GAO Report On Compliance With Feed RegulationsMonday, March 14, 2005
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