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Meat Groups Protest Proposed FDA Restrictions On Animal Feed


"A coalition of agricultural organizations led by the American Meat Institute (AMI) is arguing that no scientific reason exists for FDA's recent proposed changes to animal feed regulations. In comments filed with FDA recently, the groups said safeguards are already in place to protect the US livestock industry from the threat of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease).

AMI has specifically expressed concern over FDA's suggestion that brains and spinal cords from ruminants two years of age and older be excluded from all rendered products. In its comments, AMI said brains and spinal cords produced in the US pose no BSE risk, and any regulations beyond those are already in place would be redundant to existing animal feed regulations and could send the wrong message to other countries.

AMI is a national association that represents meat and poultry slaughterers and processors. Its members slaughter more than 90% of the cattle raised in the US and process most of the rendered products produced in the US. If FDA excludes brains and spinal cords from rendered products, it might send an erroneous message that additional control measures are needed because the US is uncertain of its BSE status, AMI said. Their preference would be for achieving better compliance with existing regulations.

AMI says no evidence exists that brains, spinal cords or other bovine tissues that are derived from US cattle slaughter operations contain the infective agent that causes BSE. The group also noted that brains and spinal cords are inspected and passed for human consumption by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The American Farm Bureau Federation, American Meat Institute, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council were among the 15 groups that signed the letter."


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The Meat Free Zone (MFZ) campaign is intended to make the MeatFreeZone logo as recognizable a symbol as the "Smoke Free Zone". The idea was originally conceived  when The WARM Store in Woodstock, NY, was in operation throughout the '90's (Woodstock Animal Rights Movement).  The store was truly a meat free zone as it was the first cruelty-free, Vegan, socially conscious animal rights store in the United States.  Now  that  the Vegan and Vegetarian movements have been growing so rapidly, more and more people are showing concern about the food in their diet and their overall  health and nutrition.  Many people are giving up eating fish, chicken, beef, pork (pigs ), dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream) and eggs.  Headlines of Mad Cow disease, E-coli and salmonella are in the news with greater frequency.  Vegan and vegetarian recipe cookbooks are standard now  in all bookstores and many restaurants have added Vegan and Vegetarian options to their menus. We hope you will help us with the Meat Free Zone campaign by putting the signs up in your homes and workplaces and by spreading them to all the vegetarian and vegan restaurants that you know and frequent.  And someday we will have true "meat free zones" in establishments that serve meat. (d-4)

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