OIE Adopts Changed BSE Standards
May 27, 2005
May 27, 2005 -- In a statement late Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns ?applauded the leadership of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in modernizing the international approach to the safe trade of beef products by updating the BSE guidelines to reflect current science.
?The United States and several other countries have advocated for guidelines that reflect science, the low risk associated with BSE, and the effectiveness of risk mitigation measures. The international standard for BSE in now based on the same information that has guided the United States? current practices and the proposed minimal risk rule.
?Among other items, the OIE has now officially recognized additions to the list of non-risk products ? most significantly to include boneless beef that can be traded without regard to a county?s BSE status.?