A new “non-definitive” BSE test result on a brain sample from a 12-year-old cow should not raise concerns among consumers or trading partners because beef is safe from BSE. Even if the test ultimately confirms positive, the safety of the U.S. beef supply is unchanged, the American Meat Institute (AMI) said today.
we eat, like steaks, roasts and ground beef, is
safe. These products have never been
associated with a BSE-related human illness,”
said AMI Foundation President James H. Hodges
“Consumption of certain cattle parts that
could harbor the BSE agent if the animal is
infected -- primarily the brain and spinal cord
-- has been identified as a possible cause of
“People in Europe
who became ill likely consumed brains or other
infected tissues early in the BSE epidemic
because the human health risk was not
recognized,” Hodges continued. “By
contrast, these parts are removed in the U.S.
and do not enter the food
“It should be even more
reassuring to know that the 12-year-old cow at
issue did not enter the human food or animal
feed supply,” Hodges pointed out.
stressed that the age of the animal indicates
that if it is indeed positive for BSE, it was
likely exposed to the BSE agent through feed
before new feed restrictions went into effect
in 1997. But he emphasized that thanks to
these proactive feed restrictions, “BSE is on
its way out in North America.”
“Beef is as safe today as it was
yesterday,” Hodges said.
Beef Is Safe: New, Non-Definitive BSE Test Result Should Not Raise ConcernWednesday, July 27, 2005
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