The OIE has unanimously adopted the resolution recommending that the United States be recognized as having "controlled" risk status for BSE.
OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) also confirmed this "controlled" risk status for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) for Canada, Switzerland, Taipei-China, Chile and Brazil.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns, said that this classification confirms what the United States have always contended: U.S. regulatory controls would be effective and U.S. fresh beef and beef products from cattle of all ages could be safely traded due to the interlocking safeguards.
In a statement, AMI expressed hope that the announcement will restore U.S. beef exports to pre-2004 levels.
Its President and CEO, J. Patrick Boyle, noted that no other BSE-free nation took so many aggressive measures to build firewalls to the disease before it was ever diagnosed within its borders.
Johanns added that USDA would use this international validation to urge U.S. trading partners to reopen export markets to the full spectrum of U.S. cattle and beef products.