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AMIF President Emphasizes Key BSE Prevention Strategies in Talk

Friday, April 13, 2001

It's more than luck that the U.S. remains free of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), AMIF President James Hodges told representatives of the nation’s restaurateurs Wednesday at a gathering of the National Restaurant Association.
Prevention measures strengthened prior to the appearance of disease, targeted proactive prevention coupled with aggressive surveillance, government and industry cooperation and active risk communication all play a role in the nation's coveted BSE-free status, Hodges said.
Hodges explained to NRA members the U.S. "triple firewall" strategy for keeping the nation’s livestock free of BSE.
Import controls, feed ban compliance and APHIS surveillance are all contributing factors to the nation’s BSE-free status, Hodges said.
Packing and processing companies support government efforts and in fact have adopted their own “best business practices” to further protect the nation’s livestock population, Hodges said. The AMI board has adopted a certification procedure for companies who purchase cattle, to ensure that all firms are complying with the FDA feed ban.

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