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HHS/FDA RIN: 0910-AC21 Publication ID: Fall 2006 
Title: Chronic Wasting Disease: Control of Food Products and Cosmetics Derived From Exposed Animal Populations 
Abstract: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to prohibit the use of cervids (deer, elk) for food, including dietary supplements, and cosmetics if the cervids have been exposed to chronic wasting disease (CWD). FDA is proposing this regulation because of potential risks to health. CWD is a type of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), a group of fatal, neurodegenerative diseases that include bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle, scrapie in sheep and goats, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans. The disease has been identified in wild and farmed elk and wild deer populations. CWD has been found in cervid populations in certain areas of Wisconsin, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Canada. In 1999, the World Health Organization said there is no evidence that CWD transmits to humans. However, it also suggested any part of a deer or elk believed to be diseased should not be eaten. Results of some studies using in vitro techniques have suggested that transmission to humans could possibly occur. However, if it does occur, it is likely to be through a very inefficient process. Currently, there are no validated analytical tests to identify animals in the preclinical phase of CWD, or any other TSE. In addition, no test exists to ensure food safety. CWD typically exhibits a long incubation period, during which time animals appear normal but are potentially infectious. Therefore, FDA is proposing to require that food or cosmetic products derived from animals exposed to CWD not enter into commerce. 
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 42 USC 264    21 USC 301 et seq   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Next Action Undetermined  To Be Determined    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
Rebecca Buckner
Consumer Safety Officer
Department of Health and Human Services
Food and Drug Administration
HFS-306, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-316), 5100 Paint Branch Parkway,
College Park, MD 20740
Phone:301 436-1486
Fax:301 436-2632

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