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AMIF President Says Proactive Measures Have Prevented BSE in U.S.

Wednesday, April 4, 2001

AMIF President James Hodges told a senate subcommittee today that the U.S. is well positioned to continue prevention of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in U.S. cattle herds. Hodges urged policymakers to recognize this fact in setting policy and reject the hysteria that has swept Europe.
Hodges made his statement in testimony today before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Foreign Commerce and Tourism. He underscored the fact that the U.S. is in the advantageous position of preventing a disease that has not occurred here, while Europe must seek to control a disease that has already swept its cattle population.
Hodges outlined for the subcommittee the U.S. triple firewall BSE prevention strategy of import bans, surveillance and feed bans. To read his testimony, visit http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=BSE&NavMenuID=188&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=380

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