FDA official seeks broad ban on animal feed

April 11, 2001 DVM Magazine

Washington, D.C.-In yet another move in the attempt to halt Mad Cow disease, a high-ranking government regulator has told Congress he would like to extend the ban on using certain animal byproducts in cattle feed to other animal feeds also.

To ensure that meat and bone meal suspected of helping spread Mad Cow disease kept away from U.S. cattle, one additional action would be to ban its use in the processed meal given to pigs and chickens, according to Acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Bernard Schwetz.

Rex Runyon, spokesman for the American Feed Industry Association, says the proposed action "simply is unnecessary," as no cases of Mad Cow disease have been found in the United States [But by then it's too late--BSE coordinator].

Dr. Stephen Sundlof, head of the Center for Veterinary Medicine, an FDA agency that regulates the animal feed industry, agrees that such a measure is extreme, saying that it is merely one of a number of options being evaluated.

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