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American Meat Institute Applauds USDA's Proposed Rule Banning All Non-Ambulatory Cattle from the Beef Supply

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Washington, DC  – The American Meat Institute (AMI) today applauded USDA’s response to its petition to prevent all non-ambulatory cattle from entering the beef supply.  

 “The proposed rule banning non-ambulatory cattle from the food supply will ensure long-term consumer confidence in the industry and our products,” said J. Patrick Boyle, president and CEO of the American Meat Institute. 

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 because of acute injury 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.  To see a copy of the industry petition, go to:  http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/11881 

  “We appreciate USDA’s prompt response to this request from the industry and look forward to the final approval of this important rule,” said Boyle.

Comments on the USDA proposal are due September 29, 2008.

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