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American Meat Institute Statement on Additional Case of BSE in Canada

Monday, January 23, 2006

(Attribute Statement to AMI President and CEO" J. Patrick Boyle)

“News of an additional case of BSE in Canada is unfortunate, but not entirely unexpected. This announcement shows that Canada’s surveillance system is working to target and eliminate any remaining cases of BSE in the country.

Canadian government data demonstrate a current high level of compliance with feed restrictions aimed at preventing the transmission of BSE via feed. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), this animal was born after Canada’s feed restrictions were implemented. We eagerly await the findings of Canada’s investigation into the origin of this case. Nearly all countries with BSE have had cases born after feed restrictions have been implemented. In fact, Scotland last month reported that several recent Scottish BSE cases were detected in animals born after their feed rules were implemented. This case is consistent with the international experience with BSE.

Consumers will be reassured to know that beef from the animal did not enter the food supply. However, it is important to remember that eating beef cuts has never been associated with any BSE-related disease. Parts of the animal that can pose a risk are removed and do not enter the U.S. or Canadian food supplies. No variant CJD cases have occurred as a result of eating U.S. or Canadian beef products.

We remain confident that BSE is being eliminated in North America and that Canadian and U.S. prevention systems are both working to ensure that cases are identified and removed from the North American herd.”

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

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