Enhanced Animal Health Protection from BSE - Specified Risk Material (SRM)
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is enhancing regulations to more quickly eliminate bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, from Canada.
In infected cattle, BSE concentrates in certain tissues known as specified risk material (SRM). As a public health protection, these tissues are removed from all cattle slaughtered for human consumption. To limit BSE spread among cattle, the Government of Canada banned most proteins, including SRM, from cattle feed in 1997. To provide further animal health protection, as of July 12, 2007, SRM are also banned from all animal feeds, pet foods and fertilizers.
A permit is required for transporting and disposing of certain cattle tissues capable of transmitting BSE, known as SRM.
- Decision Documents
- Blood collection during slaughter
- Comprehensive synopsis of specified risk material (SRM) composting requirements
- Contamination of floor waste and waste water materials by specified risk material (SRM)
- Disposal of specified risk material (SRM) on non-contiguous premises
- Domestic use and export of specified risk material (SRM)-removed ruminant meat and bone meal (MBM)
- Head hides (face plates) from cattle slaughtered in Canadian abattoirs
- Incidental OTM cattle stunning and contamination with specified risk material (SRM) in slaughter of UTM cattle
Cattle Producers / Veterinarians
- Requirements for Canadian cattle producers
- Requirements for the salvage use of livestock carcasses
- Requirements for transporting cattle carcasses
- Requirements for Bovine Practitioners
Feed for pets and other animals / Feed Manufacturers
- Change over to specified risk material (SRM) removed meat and bone meal (MBM) production in rendering plant operations
- Change over to specified risk material (SRM) removed meat and bone meal (MBM) in feed production
- Disposal of animals, their products or by-products through commercial inedible rendering
- Fish By-Product Renderers
- Permit conditions for U.S. fish meal and fish oil importation into Canada
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