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AMI Statement: New Announcements by USDA and FDA to Strengthen BSE Firewalls

Friday, July 9, 2004

(Attribute Statement to AMI President J. Patrick Boyle)

AMI commends the federal government’s continued vigilance in maintaining strong firewalls to BSE. We welcome the opportunity to review and comment upon federal policy governing BSE.

We fully support continued efforts to achieve 100 percent compliance with existing feed restrictions. It should be noted that FDA reports that compliance with current feed restrictions is greater than 99 percent – the highest level of compliance for any FDA regulation.

We support proposed restrictions on the use of poultry litter and plate waste in ruminant feed. We also support the use of “dedicated” facilities to produce cattle feed in an effort to prevent inadvertent contamination.

The meat industry, however, opposes the mandatory elimination of specified risk materials (SRMs) from all animal feed. With no indigenous BSE case detected in the United States, this policy is unnecessary and redundant in light of other existing feed restrictions.

This country has shown that by taking pre-emptive steps in the fight against BSE, we can not only greatly reduce the chance of infection in the United States, but also assure a continued supply of safe and healthy beef for American consumers.

For more information contact:
Dave Ray
Vice President, Public Affairs
Janet Riley
SR. VP, Public Affairs

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