OIE endorses BSE “Controlled Risk” status for U.S.

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Thursday, March 15, 2007

According to a statement from USDA an OIE expert panel recommended the classification of the United States as “controlled risk” for BSE.

This recommendation has been endorsed by the World Organization for Animal Health’s (OIE) Scientific Commission.

Dr. Ron DeHaven, administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said that this recommendation provides strong support that U.S. regulatory controls are effective and that U.S. cattle and products from cattle of all ages can be safely traded in accordance with international guidelines.

USDA submitted an application and supporting documents to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to formally request country classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk in October 2006.

Prior to recommending a risk classification, the OIE undertakes a thorough review process and then provides an opportunity for all delegate countries to review the recommendations and present comments prior to final adoption of a country’s classification in May.