One week after the announcement that a BSE-positive cow was found in California, the U.S. Meat Export Federation says our foreign customers are pretty-much staying put. Indonesia did halt some U.S. beef imports although USMEF president and CEO Philip Seng says that is more a case of Indonesia seeking to boost their domestic production rather than actual concerns about BSE. Thailand had announced it was going to cut-off imports but recanted, the country only imports boneless cuts from animals under 30 months of age so no change is expected.
Seng says USMEF staff have been actively engaged “with industry partners, media contacts and other influential sources in an effort to maintain consumer confidence and dispel any misinformation about the safety or quality of U.S. beef.” Activities he sees as critical to maintaining consumer confidence in U.S. beef.
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