May 15, 2016


 BSE rules finalized

​​Posted May 2, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration finalized rules that prohibit adding certain cattle parts to foods for human consumption and other human-use products. 

An interim rule issued in 2004 and amendments issued in 2005 have been intended to reduce the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy by prohibiting human-use foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetics from containing many nervous system materials from cattle at least 30 months old, the tonsils and distal portion of the ileum of any cattle, parts of nonambulatory cattle or cattle not inspected and passed, and mechanically separated beef, agency information states. Further amendments issued in 2008 let countries apply to be exempt from some of the rules.

“Because the United States has had measures in place to prevent the introduction and spread of BSE, including those affirmed in this rule, the risk of human exposure to the BSE agent from FDA-regulated human food and cosmetics is negligible,” a March 18 Federal Register notice states.

The rules includes exemptions for milk products, hide products, tallow containing more than 0.15 percent impurities, tallow derivatives, and gelatin produced under specified conditions.  

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