November 01, 2001

 

 BSE inspection checklist available online - November 1, 2001

Posted October 15, 2001

 

The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine has posted the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Inspection Checklist on its Web site. The checklist (www.fda.gov/cvm/forms/forms.html) is to be used by federal and state inspectors to determine compliance with the government's ruminant feed regulations.

To prevent the introduction of BSE in the United States, most mammalian protein was prohibited from use in feeds for ruminant animals in 1997. Inspections of thousands of renderers, feed mills, and ruminant feeders have been conducted to determine compliance with the BSE feed regulations. A checklist is used by state and federal inspectors to record information on the compliance with the rules. An updated version is now available online and intended for use in future inspections.

Questions or comments about the checklist may be directed to Dr. Neal Bataller in the CVM's Division of Compliance at: Nbatalle@cvm.fda.gov; phone, (301) 827-3353.