August 29, 2008
August 29, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Wednesday announced a proposed rule to completely ban the use of non-ambulatory cattle in the food supply.
Since early 2004, non-ambulatory cattle that arrive at packing plants have been prohibited from the meat supply. However, USDA has permitted animals that arrive ambulatory, pass veterinary inspection and become non-ambulatory because of acute injury to undergo a second inspection. This proposed rule would ban the slaughter of these animals.
Of the nearly 34 million cattle that were slaughtered in 2007, less than 1,000 cattle that were re-inspected were actually approved by the veterinarian for slaughter. This represents less than 0.003 percent of cattle slaughtered annually.
Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before Sept. 29, 2008. An advance copy of the proposed rule is available at www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FRPubs/2008-0022.pdf