The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Feed Ban Enhancement rule was put into effect on April 27, 2009. The FDA instituted a compliance date of October 26, 2009 for renderers who needed additional time to address compliance and implementation concerns.
The new regulation prohibits cattle over the age of 30 months from being rendered for use in any animal food products, including pet foods, without first having the brains and spinal cords removed and properly disposed of.
The regulation was created to enhance the 1997 rule, which prohibited the use of specific cattle materials in ruminant feeds. FDA believes this added regulation will provide further protection against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle by eliminating the risk of cross-contamination through contact between tainted non-ruminant feed with ruminant feed.
- Rendering and hauling companies must meet requirements in accordance with MN Rule 1719.0100-1719.04250 and MN statute 35.82.
- Carcasses left at an off-site pickup point must be in an animal-proof enclosed area that is at least 200 yards from neighbor's buildings. Carcasses must be picked up within 72 hours. If carcasses are in an enclosed area that is less than 45 degrees Fahrenheit; the carcasses must be picked up within seven days.