A ban on chitlins. Southerners rejoice.
NEW: Tripas ban in effect starting today
A ban on tripas, a savory dish enjoyed across South Texas, went into effect today, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Tripas, which come from the small intestine of a cow, was declared a high-risk meat by the Agriculture Department, following the first discovery last month of mad cow disease in the country.
The USDA announced the ban two weeks ago, but it had to be published in the Federal Register before it could go into effect — a process that usually takes many weeks.
“This was on a fast track,” said Matt Baun, a USDA spokesman. “Our time frame all along was as soon as possible.”
As of today, no USDA-approved slaughterhouses would be producing tripas. Restaurants that had received the meat before today could sell their supply, Baun said.
The tripas ban is part of the USDA's aggressive campaign to deal with the case of mad cow disease in the Northwest, which was reported Dec. 9.
Other cow parts affected are the spinal cord. In addition, cow brains, tonsils and eyeballs, can only be sold for meat if the parts came from a cow less than 30 months old.