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AMI Statement: Additional BSE-Related Interim Final Rules Announced by Food and Drug Administration

Monday, January 26, 2004
 

Two interim final rules announced today by the Food and Drug Administration to strengthen the U.S. firewalls against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) are extraordinary actions that reflect the seriousness with which the U.S. takes livestock and human health. In fact, these steps go beyond what is called for under the Office of International Epizootics (OIE) guidelines for countries that have identified a single case of BSE as the U.S. has.

FDA’s announcement clearly strengthens existing feed restrictions. It is our view that feed controls are an important line of defense in preventing BSE. With a greater than 99 percent level of compliance with existing feed restrictions (the highest level of compliance with any FDA rule), the new and aggressive actions will create an extraordinarily high level of assurance that U.S. cattle are protected from the risk of BSE.

FDA’s actions today, taken together with USDA’s additional precautions announced December 30, should reassure our international trading partners that U.S. livestock are and will continue to be healthy and U.S. beef products are safe. We therefore call upon our trading partners to act expeditiously to restore trade.

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For more information contact:
Dan Murphy
Vice President, Public Affairs
703-841-3624
dmurphy@meatinstitute.org
Janet Riley
SVP, Public Affairs
703-841-2400
jriley@meatinstitute.org

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