What is a BSE-Free Certificate?

To protect against Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)*, also known as "Mad Cow Disease". Cosmetic may not be manufactured from, processed with, or otherwise contain, prohibited cattle materials. These materials include specified risk materials, material from non-ambulatory cattle, material from cattle not inspected and passed, or mechanically separated beef. Prohibited cattle materials do not include tallow that contains no more than 0.15 percent insoluble impurities, tallow derivatives, and hides and hide-derived products, and milk and milk products. A complete list of restricted and banned ingredients is available at the US FDA website www.fda.gov.





A BSE-Free Certificate issued by a cosmetic association, such as ACMA, declares that the products listed do not contain any prohibited materials and that the manufacturing process and packaging are equally free of contamination.

The BSE-Free Certificate can then be certified, authenticated and legalized, or certified and apostilled, for use in a foreign country.

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*Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) belong to a group of progressively degenerative neurological diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). TSE diseases are characterized by long incubation periods ranging from several months for to several years. During the incubation period there is no visible indication of the disease. In 2008, FDA published a regulation prohibiting the tissues that have the highest risk for carrying the agent thought to cause BSE in animal feed. These high risk cattle materials are the brains and spinal cords from cattle 30 months of age and older. The 2008 rule also prohibits the use of entire carcass of cattle not inspected and passed for human consumption, unless the cattle are less than 30 months of age, or the brains and spinal cords have been removed.

Description: Brain. The red box indicates the region of the obex, which is the portion of the brain that must be obtained for the diagnosis of BSE and other spongiform encephalopathies such as scrapie and chronic wasting disease.

Credit: Dr. S. Sorden, Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Pathology cfsph.iastate