U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced a regulation on beef imports.Ph.D., deputy chief and chief APHIS Veterinary Officer John Clifford,said:
” This move will allow the U.S BSE import regulations in line with international standards” and called on other countries to bring the actual risk based on animals or products of the disease to develop its trade policy to these changes. will further our trading partners to demonstrate our commitment to international standards and sound science.
I hope this will help to open up new markets, eliminating restrictions on U.S products.”
It is important to point out that import controls just one of many security measures against BSE chain of one of them”.
The regulation does not change the other measures implemented in the United States.For animal health, these measures include the U.S Food and Drug Administration banned ruminant feed ban added ruminant source material.
A strong regulatory project will oversee the U.S BSE herd health. Measures to ensure the safety of U.S beef will also enable humans to be protected, the most important one measure is the ban on the media have been found to carry BSE from the food supply (called specific risk materials ) of bovine material.
In order to confirm the strength of the implementation of these measures, OIE will also update the BSE risk classification of the United States in May 2013 as ” negligible risk”.
When the regulations come into effect, APHIS will use a country ‘s BSE risk status of the same criteria and categories used to determine the OIE.APHIS will be based on OIE risk assessment for determining a country ‘s risk category to determine the import policy on it.
The rules also allow APHIS when necessary, such as the OIE BSE has not been to the country risk classification , the self-assessment, APHIS also requires the use of a considerable risk assessment and implementation of OIE standards are used.