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OIE Improves US Ranking
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Mon Feb 25, 2013 02:50 PM CST

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- More than nine years after the first cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy was found in the U.S., a scientific commission for the World Organization for Animal Health has recommended upgrading the U.S. risk status to "negligible risk," meaning there is less threat of the disease spreading among the domestic cattle herd.

USDA announced the recommendation Wednesday by the World Organization for Animal Health, which is typically known by its French acronym OIE.

"I am very pleased with this decision and recommendation by the OIE's Scientific Commission," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. "This is a significant achievement for ...

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