Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) introduced the “Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act of 2007,” which would prohibit “downed” animals from the food supply. Regarding S. 394 and H.R. 681, Ackerman said, “For years, the cattle industry and those who represent them have foolishly put profit ahead of public health and wound up jeopardizing both.”

The legislation would require the “humane euthanasia” of nonambulatory (NA) animals, prohibit the movement of conscious NA animals, make it unlawful for an inspector to pass NA livestock or carcass, and require that NA animals be labeled, marked, stamped or tagged as “inspected and condemned.” Similar legislation was introduced last Congress.