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U.S. Denied Upgraded BSE Status From OIE

Controlled risk status is granted to countries where surveillance is adequate.

Although USDA-APHIS presented paperwork asking for a higher bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) status from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the U.S. did not get a change in status.

The U.S. remains a controlled BSE risk status, in the same category as Canada and Mexico.

Under OIE regulations, there are three BSE risk categories - negligible, controlled and undetermined risk.

Cindy Ragin, press relations at USDA-APHIS, said she did not know why the U.S. was not upgraded in status, but said they did send in paperwork requesting the upgrade.

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