(Attribute Statement to AMI President J. Patrick Boyle)
Canadian officials are to be commended for
their thorough, ongoing efforts to determine
the source of the BSE-positive cow in
Washington State that was announced Dec. 23.
This investigation should reassure consumers
that this situation is being handled
aggressively and is well under control.
Americans also should be reassured that the
surveillance system worked as it
We remain confident in the
science, which clearly indicates that BSE is
not in meat. Given this fact, U.S. and
Canadian beef are as safe today as they were
before this announcement.
country wants to find BSE in its herds,
isolated cases are not unexpected and should be
treated as animal health - not food safety
issues. The Office of International Epizootics
(OIE) - the leading international animal health
organization -- has long held the view that
minimal BSE-risk nations should be permitted to
trade beef internationally. It’s time for us
all to start heeding OIE’s standards.
We urge our trading partners to
consider an expedited process for reopening
borders to U.S. beef.
AMI Statement: On Announcement that DNA Evidence Indicates BSE Cow Born In CanadaTuesday, January 6, 2004
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