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BSE STATUS UPGRADE

The sun is shining on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack these days, at least when it comes to trade. First, there was the news that Japan would loosen its age restrictions on U.S. beef imports, effective Feb. 1 (see FCN Jan. 15, 2013, Page 15). Then, on Wednesday, USDA got word that the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) is recommending that the U.S. classification for BSE risk be upgraded from “controlled risk” to “negligible risk.”

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