The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a final guidance document, “Small Entities Compliance Guide for Renderers – Substances Prohibited from use in Animal Food or Feed,” to provide guidance on the requirements of the final rule published in the Federal Register of April 25, 2008. This rule will further protect consumers against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), otherwise known as ‘mad cow disease.’

The purpose of the guidance document is to help rendering firms comply with the rule that became effective April 27. The guidance should also help slaughter facilities and farms supplying offal and dead livestock to the renderers understand their obligations under the rule. View a copy of the final guidance .

The added measure of excluding high-risk materials from all animal feeds addresses risks associated with accidental feeding of such material to cattle, which could occur through cross-contamination of ruminant feed with non-ruminant feed or feed ingredients during manufacture and transport, or through misfeeding of non-ruminant feed to ruminants on the farm.

Comments on this guidance may be submitted any time to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration,

5630 Fishers Lane
, Room 1061, Rockville, MD20852.  Comments may also be submitted electronically. All written comments should be identified with Docket No. FDA-2008-D-0597. For additional information on BSE and the final rule, click here.