USDA Publishes Final Ruling on Regulation of Beef Imports

The new rule eases the regulation of beef imports in relation to Mad Cow Disease, making the United States fall more in line with international standards.

In a move that has been considered controversial by certain consumer groups, the USDA has released a ruling that will ease the regulations on beef imports, according to Food Safety News. The eased regulations are in regard to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as Mad Cow Disease.

The new rule ensures that the United States bases its import standards on "scientifically perceived risk of animals or animal products harboring the disease," which brings the United States in line with international standards. The USDA has stated that it believes the move modernizes U.S. beef import regulations, while consumer groups say the move will endanger both U.S. citizens and the cattle population.

The rules, according to Food Safety News, would potentially open beef imports from the European Union (as well as other previously closed markets), which have been restricted since the late 90s. In addition, the new rule ensures that some current restrictions on beef imports will be lifted in cases where the country "has a negligible risk for BSE.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Analyze Incident Data

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - April 2019

    April 2019

    Featuring:

    • ELECTRICAL SAFETY
      Taking the Guesswork Out of De-Energizing Industrial Equipment 
    • VISION PROTECTION
      Four Simple and Effective Ways to Avoid Digital Eye Strain
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      PPE the Automotive Industry Needs to Invest In
    • FIRE SAFETY
      Eliminate 10 Fire Hazards That May Be in Plain Sight
    View This Issue