Farm Bureau: BSE testing assures public health
» November 23, 2004 «
As a result of multiple scientific tests, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed today that an animal being tested for the cattle disease BSE did not have the disease. The result marked the third time this year that an initial "inconclusive" result on a rapid screening test has eventually tested negative for the disease.
"We strongly support the USDA's enhanced BSE surveillance program, and today's result shows that the system works," California Farm Bureau Federation President Bill Pauli said. "The animal in question never entered the food supply, assuring both public and animal health.
"American farmers and ranchers make a significant commitment to provide safe food," he said, "and government agencies assigned to assure food safety make use of the best science available to protect consumers."
Pauli said the USDA has tested more than 121,000 animals for BSE since June, and all have tested negative.
"We appreciate the USDA's calm, measured approach, keeping farmers and consumers informed about the testing process," he said. "The ultimate result reinforces our belief that the surveillance program benefits both producers and consumers."
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