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FSIS Prohibitions on Air-injection Stunning Devices


Because BSE was confirmed in a cow in the United States on December 25, 2003, FSIS is prohibiting the use of penetrating stunning devices that inject air into the cranial cavity of cattle. This requirement is to ensure that portions of the brain are not dislocated into the tissues of the carcass as a consequence of humanely stunning cattle during the slaughtering process. In emergency rulemaking, FSIS is prohibiting the use of certain parts of cattle carcasses in food.
FSIS Prohibitions on Air-injection Stunning Devices
Previous Requirements Before Jan 12, 2004 Current Requirements Beginning Jan 12, 2004
Situation:
No BSE positives had been found in the U.S.
Situation:
The first BSE positive for a cow in the U.S. was confirmed on December 25, 2003.
Materials prohibited from use in food:
  • Tonsils and distal ileum,
  • Detached spinal cords could not be used in edible products, but could be used in edible rendering.

 
Materials prohibited from use in food:
In all cattle, "specified risk materials" (SRMs) are:
  • Distal ileum of the small intestine (but to ensure complete removal, FSIS requires entire small intestine to be removed)
  • Tonsils
In cattle 30 months of age or older, additional "specified risk materials" (SRMs) are prohibited from use in human food. They are:
  • Brain
  • Skull
  • Eyes
  • Trigeminal ganglia
  • Spinal cord
  • Vertebral column (excluding the vertebrae of the tail, the transverse processes of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, and the wings of the sacrum)
  • Dorsal root ganglia (DRG).
(Interim final rule and request for comments was published January 12, 2004.)
Air-injection stunning devices:
Allowed.
Air-injection stunning devices:
Not allowed.
(Interim final rule and request for comments was published January 12, 2004.)

 
Last Modified Oct 07, 2014