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FDA Statement on USDA BSE Positive Test Results
"The Food and Drug Administration, along with the USDA, is committed to ensuring the safety of the U.S. human food and animal feed supply from BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy). Today we saw that the system worked. The safety measures that FDA and USDA have put in place successfully kept this animal that has tested positive for BSE out of the food and feed supply. These existing safeguards have proven extremely effective, and the American public should feel secure in knowing that the current animal feed rule already provides significant protection against the spread of BSE. We will continue to work closely with the USDA on this important public health issue and evaluate every option to strengthen the 1997 animal feed ban."