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AMIF President Briefs Group of Agricultural Journalists on BSE

Monday, April 23, 2001

AMI Foundation President James H. Hodges said today prevention measures put in place in U.S. have significantly lowered the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) showing up in U.S. livestock.
"Our risks today of BSE are lower than they’ve ever been since we understood the threat the disease presented to us," Hodges said.
Hodges made his remark in a speech to the semi-annual meeting of the North American Agricultural Journalists in Washington today.
“It is perplexing to me to see the focus on all the things we’ve done wrong rather than all the things we’ve done right to prevent BSE.” Hodges added.
A triple firewall of import controls, surveillance and animal feed controls work together to insulate U.S. livestock from this disease, Hodges said.

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