February 20, 2013

United States officially at "negligible risk" for BSE


Beef producers have reason to celebrate this week. After years of close monitoring, U.S. beef and beef products have been officially declared at “negligible risk” for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). This announcement comes after a recommendation from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as “mad cow disease,” was cause for public crisis in the early 2000s. The USDA credits production changes and a special monitoring system for the prevention of BSE in the United States. Read more