KANSAS CITY (B)--The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is making final a temporary rule prohibiting beef that has been in Denmark from entering the United States. APHIS amended its regulations by adding Denmark to the list or regions where Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy exists because it was found in a native-born animal.

The agency made its announcement in Thursday's Federal Register. The rule became effective Aug. 25.

The rule applies to ruminants, and ruminant meat or meat by-products that have been in Denmark.

BSE is a neurological disease of bovine animals and other ruminants and is not known to exist in the United States. It appears that BSE is primarily spread through the use of ruminant feed containing protein and other products from ruminants infected with BSE.

Therefore, BSE could become established in the United States if materials carrying the BSE agent, such as certain meat, animal products and animal byproducts from ruminants in regions in which BSE exists, or in which there is an undue risk of introducing BSE into the United States, are imported and are fed to ruminants in the United States. BSE could also become established if ruminants from regions in which BSE exists, or ruminants from regions in which there is an undue risk of introducing BSE into the United States, are imported.

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