In January, USDA expanded the list of specified risk materials
prohibited in the food supply as an additional firewall to prevent bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
The subcommittee also would like to see a ban of specified risk materials
from all animal feed, as well as the exclusion of all mammalian and poultry protein from ruminant feed.
It also said the current ban on specified risk materials
(SRMs) should be retained.
cattle less than 30 months of age with all specified risk materials
(SRMs) removed under the USDA Beef Export Verification (BEV) Program.
Japan lifted the ban two weeks earlier on the conditions that the beef comes from cows aged up to 20 months and that brains, spinal cords and other specified risk materials
are properly removed.
Specified Risk Materials
(SRM), such as brain and spinal cord, have had to be removed from all goats over the age of 12 months since 2001.
It involves any materials from downer cattle, any material from dead cattle, specified risk materials
and mechanically separated beef, as announced by Tommy G.
It also is prohibiting specified risk materials
, or high-risk parts such as brains, head bones, spinal cord marrow, backbones and intestines.
Tokyo lifted the ban last month on condition that the meat comes from cows aged 20 months or younger, and brains, spinal cords and other specified risk materials
that could transmit BSE are removed.
Tokyo has removed the ban on the condition that the beef comes from cows aged up to 20 months and that brains, spinal cords and other specified risk materials
that could transmit the brain-wasting disease be properly removed.