USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a final rule that will modernize APHIS’ import regulations for BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy).  The rule is to make clear the U.S. is committed to base its BSE regulation on internationally accepted scientific literature and standards set by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). 

 

APHIS said the final rule would allow for the safe trade of bovines and bovine products while still protecting the U.S. from the introduction of BSE.  Dr. John Clifford, USDA’s chief veterinary officer said, “Making these changes will further demonstrate to our trading partners our commitment to international standards and sound science, and we are hopeful it will help open new markets and remove remaining restrictions on U.S. products.”