To protect against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as “mad cow disease”.
Cosmetics must not be manufactured, processed or contain prohibited bovine materials. These materials include specific hazard material, material from incapable livestock, material from uninspected and past livestock, or mechanically separated beef.
Prohibited livestock materials do not include tallow containing any more than 0.15 percent of insoluble impurities, derived from sebum and fur, and products derived from fur, and milk and dairy products. The full list of restricted and prohibited ingredients is available in the U.S. www.fda.gov.
A BSE-free certificate issued by a cosmetics association such as ACMA explains that the listed products do not contain prohibited materials and that the manufacturing process and packaging are equally pollution-free. The BSE-free certificate can be certified, authenticated and legalized for use abroad, or certified and apostilled.