USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services beefed up its BSE safeguards in July. The efforts include:

  • An FDA interim rule banning prohibited specified risk materials (SRMs) from use in human food, including dietary supplements and cosmetics. SRMs include brain, skull, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, spinal cord, vertebral column, dorsal root ganglia from cattle 30 months or older and tonsils and distal ileum from cattle of any age.

  • FDA also proposed a rule to require manufacturers and processors of FDA-regulated food and cosmetic products that use cattle material to maintain records demonstrating such materials are SRM free.

  • FDA is seeking comments on other measures to strengthen the animal feed ban. FDA is considering banning SRMs from all animal feed including pet food, prohibiting all mammalian and poultry protein from ruminant feed, prohibiting materials from non-ambulatory cattle and dead stock from all animal feed, and requiring dedicated equipment or facilities for handling and storing feed and feed ingredients during manufacturing and transportation.