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Tue April 28, 2009
By Dan Modlin
Bowling Green, KY – The food and drug administration this week is implementing a new feed ban rule on certain types of livestock feed. The FDA says the move will reduce the chances that mad cow disease could get into the animal feed supply. The ban will restrict the use of animal materials in feed. Kentucky Department of Agriculture Spokesman Bill Clary says that effort is important, but warns that the rule could lead to some un-intended consequences. He says renderers will have less interest in removing dead livestock.
"Producers will not have an economic or safe option in many cases to dispose of animal carcasses when animals on their property die of natural causes or are not sent to slaughter."
State agriculture officials are concerned the situation could lead to serious environmental problems if farmers can't find renderers to properly dispose of dead livestock.