While no cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or "mad cow disease" have been found in the U.S., Dr. Craig Reed, of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said the agency’s decision to ban the import of meat and bone meal products from Europe is based on “sound science and extensive research.”
administrator of APHIS, said yesterday the
agency will continue “to take aggressive
measures to protect the United States from BSE
introduction and to ensure the security of U.S.
These measures include
active surveillance, testing, prevention,
education and emergency preparation, Reed
“In 1998, USDA entered into a
cooperative agreement with Harvard University's
School of Public Health to analyze and evaluate
the Department's efforts to prevent BSE. A
report is expected to be issued early next
year," Reed said.
On December 7, the USDA
took an “emergency action” in prohibiting
the import of all rendered animal protein
products, regardless of species, from Europe.
The move mirrored actions taken by the European
Union in November to prevent the spread of BSE.
The EU banned the feed of non-ruminant origin,
which they determined was potentially
cross-contaminated with the BSE agent.
same type of rendered product from ruminant
origin has been banned from BSE infected
countries since 1989 and all of Europe since
1997. The complete text of Reed’s remarks can
be read at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/press/2000/12/reed.12.19.txt.
APHIS Ban on MBMs Just a Precautionary Measure, Agency Head SaidWednesday, December 20, 2000