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United States Finalizes Rule on Cattle Materials in Food and Cosmetics

April 14, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule on the use of certain cattle materials in food and cosmetics. The rule bans the use of certain cattle material to address the potential risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in human food, including dietary supplements, and cosmetics.

The following items are labeled as prohibited cattle materials: specified risk materials (SRMs), the small intestine from all cattle (unless the distal ileum has been removed), material from nonambulatory disabled cattle, material from cattle not inspected and passed, or mechanically separated (MS) (Beef).

The final rule is in effect as of April 18, 2016.