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USDA Surveillance Efforts Should Reassure Consumers About U.S. Commitment to Animal Health and Food Safety

Saturday, June 11, 2005

“In the words of USDA’s Dr. John Clifford, ‘We have not confirmed a case of BSE in the U.S. at this time.’

Even if the case confirms positive, it is important to remember that our firewalls have worked. This animal did not enter the food or feed supply.

This news reflects USDA’s commitment to a transparent, robust testing program and consumers should not be concerned about the safety of beef. North America has one of the healthiest cattle herds in the world, and one of the safest food supplies, and that fact can not be denied.

For more information contact:
David Ray
Vice President, Public Affairs
Janet Riley
Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs

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