BSE Inspections for Dairy Farms
Recently a dairy farm in North Georgia underwent an on-farm BSE inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Georgia Milk would like for dairymen to be aware that this type of inspection could be a possibility for any Georgia dairy farm in the future. Below is a list of requirements for livestock producers to meet:
What to Expect During a FDA On-Farm Inspection for BSE:
If you feed ruminants and do not manufacture feed, the checklist for compliance to BSE standards is fairly simple.
Keep copies of labels for all feed containing animal protein.
Keep copies of purchase invoices for all feed containing animal protein.
Keep these copies for at least a year. It is advisable to keep copies of labels for all feeds (even those not containing animal protein) in order to show that you are taking a proactive approach to keeping your ruminants BSE-free.
Make sure to keep your feed properly labeled because inspectors may ask to see where feed is stored and check to ensure that it is labeled correctly.
If you store feeds for pets (such as cats and dogs, for which animal proteins are acceptable), store those in a separate facility from the ruminant feeds.
Make sure ruminants do not have access to this separate storage facility.
Never feed pet food or feed intended for other species to your ruminant.
The inspection is more extensive for feed-production operations. The details of this inspection can be found, along with the entire BSE inspection checklist at this link:
More information on what to expect during an inspection can also be found here: