|August 24, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: BSE in the U.S.
is not likely to be a one cow deal the European Food Safety
Authority (EFSA) announced after completing a recent evaluation
of the U.S. food system. According to a report by the
EFSA the risk that American cattle are infected with BSE
is high, and without changes to US rendering or feeding
practice, “the probability of cattle to be (pre-clinically
or clinically) infected with BSE persistently increases”.
After analyzing data dating back to 1980, EFSA experts
concluded BSE was probably imported into USA in the
mid-1980’s, being later rendered into feed. The
authority claimed that the risk of BSE exposure “grew
significantly in the mid-90’s when domestic cattle,
infected by imported meat and bone meal” were
processed for food.
One of a series of checks by EFSA on BSE infection,
the agency has concluded that similarly serious situations
exist in South Africa, Canada and Mexico.