Monday, March 16, 2009

USDA issues final rule on handling downer cattle

Almost missed this one, but the Ag Dept. made the announcement Friday.

According to a USDA press release:

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a final rule to amend the federal meat inspection regulations to require a complete ban on the slaughter of cattle that become non-ambulatory disabled after passing initial inspection by Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspection program personnel.

Thanks to Doug Powell at Kansas State University for the heads-up on this one!

1 comment:

ladykat said...

So far, I've been pleased with Tom Vilsack as USDA Secretary. I'm happy with this ruling on downer cattle and also with his order to investigate the New Iberia Primate Center.

Here's hoping that he continues the good work...