Australian beef producers will ask federal and state governments to officially ban mammal meat from cattle feed in a bid to head-off any outbreak of mad cow disease in Australia. Cattle Council executive director, Justin Toohey, said the beef industry is looking for a formal legislative ban to reassure consumers, despite the fact that mammal feed is generally not used to feed cattle in Australia. Currently, most mammal-based feed is banned in Australia, but exceptions have been made based on 'scientific evidence', for kangaroo, horse and pig meat. Some states still allow producers to feed their cattle protein derived from pigs and horses.