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OIE Scientific Commission Recommends Upgrading U.S. BSE Risk Status to Negligible

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

(American Meat Institute)

The World Organization for Animal Health’s (OIE) Scientific Commission has recommended that the U.S. risk classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) be upgraded to “negligible risk” status. 

“Negligible risk” is the lowest risk level under the OIE animal health code.  Countries with “negligible risk” status have implemented robust BSE controls and done extensive surveillance of their herds to demonstrate this extremely low risk level.  The recommendation is subject to review and approval by OIE’s delegate countries, who will gather at the annual General Assembly Meeting in May in Paris, France.

“We are extremely pleased that OIE has moved forward to reaffirm the health of our U.S. cattle herd and the safety of our beef supply,” said AMI President J. Patrick Boyle.  “This decision is a testament to the two decades of industry, government and scientific community collaboration to protect our cattle and produce safe, wholesome beef products for consumers worldwide.  It’s a proud day for all us.”

 

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