NCBA, USMEF Respond to Risk Classification Upgrade

National Cattlemen's Beef Association President-Elect Bob McCan says the World Organization for Animal Health's decision to grant the U.S. negligible risk status for BSE is positive news for U.S. cattle producers. He says it's an important step forward in increasing export opportunities for U.S. cattle producers. McCan says the classification further solidifies the fact that the safety and health of U.S. cattle and beef is a top priority for American cattlemen and women. He says the vote is proof that the science-based mitigation measures in place in the United States effectively protect public and animal health. U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Philip Seng says the decision should clear away any remaining concerns some countries have about the risk associated with importing beef and beef products from the U.S. and provide a number of beef importing countries with a reason to reevaluate their requirements for beef imports from the U.S.

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