On Friday, the USDA announced that the agency will publish in the Federal Register a comprehensive rule for BSE that is in line with science-based, international animal health standards.
Dr. John Clifford, Chief Veterinary Officer for the USDA, said the rule would not change other measures that are currently in place in the U.S.
With the changes, APHIS would adopt the same criteria and categories that the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) used to identify a country’s BSE risk status.
Clifford says the proposed changes will be invaluable at the negotiating table as the U.S. works to reopen closed markets, open new markets and exapand existing ones for U.S. beef.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Associate Director of Legislative Affairs Kent Baucus issued a statement, welcoming the announcement. Baucus said in his statement that the rule will show the United States is “willing to talk the talk and walk the walk with regard to following international standards developed by the OIE.”
The proposed BSE comprehensive rule is now open for 60 day public comment period.