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.
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
Hodges explained to NRA members the
U.S. "triple firewall" strategy for keeping the
nation’s livestock free of BSE.
controls, feed ban compliance and APHIS
surveillance are all contributing factors to
the nation’s BSE-free status, Hodges
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.
AMIF President Emphasizes Key BSE Prevention Strategies in TalkFriday, April 13, 2001