Limited Trade Threat from Alabama BSE Case

Response to an atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) case in Alabama has been muted by America’s trading partners, with no trade threat is anticipated. Officials at both the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the U.S. Meat Export Federation say the Interlocking Safeguards and BSE Surveillance actions in place prevent such diseased animals from entering the human food supply.

And, according to USDA, this finding of an atypical case will not change the negligible risk status of the United States, as designated by the World Organization for Animal Health.

South Korea’s agriculture ministry said it will strengthen quarantine measures on U.S. beef beginning Wednesday, although the country doesn’t import beef from slaughterhouses or meat processors based in Alabama. Japan has previously taken measures to prevent the entry of BSE from the U.S. and as this case is atypical, there’s no need to take additional action, says the deputy director at the agriculture ministry’s animal health division. Chinese trade officials have made no statement about the latest BSE discovery, and U.S. officials don’t believe it will have an impact on the reopening of the Chinese market to U.S. beef.

Cattle markets in the U.S. appeared to accept the news without any disruptions. Cattle Futures traded higher in the session immediately following the BSE announcement from USDA.

 

Latest News

Wholesale Beef Higher, But Cash Cattle Struggle

Beef packers continued to maintain their strangle-hold on the market this week. Rising boxed beef cutout prices will pad packer profits – likely to exceed $400 per head.

What Technology Would Catch Your Eye If You Won the Lottery?

The latest Drovers Pulse Poll found calf care would take the top priority if cost wasn’t an issue.

Biden’s Top Trade Pick Vows to Stay Tough on China

Congress got a clearer view of President Biden’s trade agenda this week as the Senate Finance Committee questioned Katherine Tai, Biden's nominee to serve as the United States Trade Representative.

Effects of Transporting Cattle on Auction Prices

Researchers at Kansas State University analyzed 211 livestock video auctions and determined that trucking distance has an effect on the price that buyers are willing to pay.

Targeted Online Learning on Biosecurity

To further support cattle producers across the country the Beef Checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program has released the first in a series of Advanced Education Modules.

Beyond Meat Clinches Coveted Deals with Mcdonald's, Yum Brands

Plant-based meat maker Beyond Meat said on Thursday it has signed multi-year supply deals with McDonald’s Corp and Taco Bell owner Yum! Brands Inc.