The Food and Drug Administration has conducted more than 26,000 inspections of renderers, feed mills and other feed manufacturers to enforce the prohibition on the use of most mammalian protein in feeds for ruminant animals. And so far the level of compliance with the regulations has been very high.

The FDA report classifies inspected businesses three ways: No Action Indicated, Voluntary Action Indicated or Official Action Indicated. According to the report, 13,672 active firms had initial inspections reported to the FDA. Of those, 1,949, or 14 percent, were handling materials prohibited in ruminant feed. Five of those 1,949 firms handling prohibited materials were classified as OAI, and 85 were asked to make voluntary changes.

For more information from the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, go to www.fda.gov/cvm

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