April 10, 2009
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a delay in the implementation of the final rule entitled, "Substances Prohibited from Use in Animal Food or Feed."
The final rule, which would have gone into effect on April 27, 2009, is now delayed 60 days to June 26, 2009. The agency is taking this action in response to comments from affected parties, particularly those in the rendering industry, expressing concerns about their ability to fully comply with the rule by the April 27, 2009, effective date. In addition, some affected parties are finding it difficult to identify appropriate alternate ways of disposing of cattle material that may no longer be rendered for animal feed use once the rule takes effect.
The FDA is also providing seven days for public comment solely on the question of whether to delay the effective date. Comments must be received on or before April 16, 2009, to be considered.
The Federal Register is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-8127.htm