Congressional and Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2004 - The U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today informed
slaughterers of young calves, including those labeled as "veal," of the
need to reassess their food safety plans with respect to residues and
the use of unapproved new animal drugs.
This notice reflects the need of slaughterers to consider new conditions
that affect the hazard analysis or otherwise alter Hazard Analysis Critical
Control Point (HACCP) plans of establishments. The notice requires establishments
to reassess their HACCP plans to determine if unapproved new animal drugs are
hazards reasonably likely to occur in production. Through these reassessments,
establishments should make appropriate changes to HACCP plans or Sanitation
Standard Operating Procedures to prevent and control identified potential food
Earlier this year, FSIS inspectors identified implants in young cattle that
were being presented for slaughter as "veal" during routine ante-mortem and
post-mortem inspections. Industry sources relayed information to FSIS officials
that the use of such growth promoting implants was widespread throughout the veal
industry. The Food and Drug Administration has declared that the use of growth-promoting
implants in animals labeled as "veal" is illegal.
FSIS is concerned about the illegal and widespread use of implants in young calves,
and believes this reflects a change in conditions that would affect the hazard analysis
or alter the HACCP plans of establishments that slaughter young calves.
Comments must be received by February 22, 2005. Written comments may be submitted
to the FSIS Docket Room, Reference Docket #04-017N, U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Food Safety and Inspection Service, Room 102 Cotton Annex, 300 12th Street, SW.,
Washington, DC 20250-3700. Any comments received will be available for public
inspection in the FSIS Docket Room from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through
Friday and will be posted at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FRDockets.htm.
For further information contact Carole Thomas, Technical Analysis Staff,
Office of Policy, Program, and Employee Development, FSIS, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, phone (202) 205-0210.