The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) upgraded the risk status of U.S. cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from “controlled” to “negligible.”  This is the lowest risk level under the OIE code. 

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said, “This is a significant achievement that has been many years in the making for the United States, American beef producers and businesses, and federal and state partners who work together to maintain a system of interlocking safeguards against BSE that protect our public and animal health.  This decision demonstrates OIE’s belief that both our surveillance for, and safeguards against, BSE are strong. U.S. beef and beef products are of the highest quality, wholesome and produced to the highest safety standards in the world.”

 

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