Atkinson Livestock Market

"THE OLD RELIABLE"

March 7, 2001

Dear Friends:

In 1997, the Food and Drug Administration adopted a regulation, 21 CFR 589.2000, prohibiting the feeding of any ruminant derived protein (meat & bone meal) to cattle and other ruminants. This regulation resulted from efforts to control any possible introduction or spread of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or "Mad Cow Disease" into the domestic cattle herd of the United States.

Because of recent worldwide media attention on the BSE issue and a desire to reassure consumers that all possible steps are being taken to continue to keep BSE out of the United States, a number of beef packers/processors and retail operations have established certification programs for their suppliers to insure that they are not receiving cattle that have been fed ruminant derived protein materials.

Participating packers in the certification program have made it clear that they will not purchase any cattle from producers who have not signed a certificate certifying that none of their cattle or other ruminant animals have been fed any feed containing protein derived from ruminant tissues and/or that none of the livestock being sold have illegal levels of drug residues. Thus, for some packers and buyers to purchase your cattle, we will need to have the attached certification signed and on file prior to or at the time you bring your cattle to the market for sale.  To print out a form for your convenience, click here.

We, very much regret the concern and inconvenience that the packer certification requirement may cause you, but we very much value you as a customer and look forward to continuing to meet your marketing needs. If you have any questions or concerns in this regard, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

Sincerely - Mike & Cliff


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