A surveillance program to monitor the ruminant feed ban has been authorised under the Biosecurity Act 2014.
The biosecurity matter to which the Queensland Ruminant Feed Ban Surveillance Program relates is prions that cause transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), including bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, also known as ‘mad cow disease’) in cattle and scrapie in sheep.
Restricted animal material (RAM) is a carrier that may contain prions.
Purpose and scope
The purpose of the Queensland Ruminant Feed Ban Surveillance Program is to monitor compliance with the provisions of the Biosecurity Act 2014 relating to:
- prohibitions on the feeding or supplying of RAM; and
- RAM statements.
The Queensland Ruminant Feed Ban Surveillance Program applies to places, other than residences, within the State of Queensland where:
- a person renders, manufacturers, sells, supplies or stores feed or feed ingredients, or
- ruminants are kept or reasonably believed to be kept.
Start and duration
The Queensland Ruminant Feed Ban Surveillance Program started on 1 October 2016 and is ongoing.
Access to the Queensland Ruminant Feed Ban Surveillance Program
A free copy can be provided on request by contacting our Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.