(Attribute Statement to AMI President J. Patrick Boyle)
meat industry supports USDA’s proposal to
allow certain cattle and beef products from BSE
minimal risk countries into the U.S. However,
we believe the proposal should go even further
by allowing all animals for slaughter to enter
the U.S. if appropriate risk mitigation
measures are taken. It is inconsistent to
allow meat from older animals - but not the
animals - into the U.S., given the control
measures in place in the U.S. to remove
specified risk materials that can carry BSE.
As USDA has repeatedly stated, beef -
regardless of its nation of origin - does not
contain the BSE infectious agent. When
specified risk materials are removed - as they
are in both the U.S. and Canada - there simply
are no food safety concerns.
the American Meat Institute sent a letter to
Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman urging her to
initiate the full restoration of cattle and
beef trade with Canada. Reestablishing trade
with Canada is a necessary prerequisite for
complete normalization of trade with Mexico.
In addition, taking this sort of leadership
role can lead to harmonization of trading
policies in North America and globally.
AMI Statement: USDA's Proposal to Allow Certain Cattle and Beef Products From BSE Minimal Risk Countries into the United StatesThursday, March 4, 2004
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