The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) modified its international animal health code for cattle and beef from countries with and without BSE. The new guidelines will consider the relative risk for BSE that reflects the steps a country has taken to manage and reduce BSE in the food chain. Current guidelines focus on the number of cases in a country.
The OIE added boneless beef to the list of non-risk products, allowing it to be traded regardless of a country's BSE status. OIE guidelines are in effect immediately but are non-binding on its 167 members.