The Colorado Livestock Association is in support of efforts by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration and others to keep Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) out of the United States.

"Recent media coverage surrounding the devastation of the beef industry in Europe has heightened the awareness of the United States' beef industries efforts to keep BSE out of the nation's food supply," said CLA President Marshall Frasier of Woodrow. "The efforts here in the United States are not new and in fact have been ongoing since BSE first appeared in Great Britain a decade ago."

CLA supports a recent statement released by The National Cattlemen's Beef Association, American Feed Industry Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Meat Institute, National Meat Association, National Renderers Association, North American Meat Processors Association, National Milk Producers Federation, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Association of Meat Processors, Federation of Animal Science Societies, and National Grain and Feed Association with the following three key components:

1) Strict enforcement of import restrictions designed to keep the BSE agent out of the U.S.

2) To achieve 100% compliance with the FDA feed ban, and.

3) Continued support for active USDA BSE surveillance in the U.S.

"More than a decade ago when the Colorado Cattle Feeders (the predecessor organization to CLA) started one of the first Beef Quality Assurance programs in the country, food safety was a cornerstone," said CLA CEO Brad Anderson.

"We can be proud there has never been a case of BSE in the United States, however we cannot stop working to keep it out," said Anderson.

For more information regarding the BSE issue, there is a scientifically reviewed web site at www.bseinfo.org http://www.bseinfo.org; The Mission of the Colorado Livestock Association is to represent, inform and advance Colorado's livestock industry.

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