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American Meat Institute Welcomes World Organization for Animal Health Affirmation of U.S. BSE Controls

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The American Meat Institute (AMI) today welcomed news that the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has recognized the U.S. as having negligible risk status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

"Negligible risk" is the lowest risk level under the OIE animal health code. Countries with "negligible risk" status have implemented robust BSE controls and done extensive surveillance of their herds to demonstrate this extremely low risk level. 

"We are gratified OIE has recognized the health of the U.S. cattle herd and the safety of our beef supply," said AMI President J. Patrick Boyle. "This recognition affirms our two decades of industry, government and scientific community collaboration to protect our cattle and produce safe, wholesome beef products for consumers worldwide."

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