EFSA report determines U.S. BSE risk is high

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.

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