March 28, 2024


Meat institute says well-prepared beef safe to eat after USDA found HPAI in cows



The North American Meat Institute said on March 25 that properly prepared beef is safe to eat and is not a food safety risk to humans following the confirmed discovery of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in dairy cows by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and USDA food safety experts, properly prepared beef is safe to eat," said Meat Institute president and chief executive officer Julie Anna Potts. "HPAI cannot be transmitted to humans by eating meat or poultry products.


"The Meat Institute and its member companies will continue to be vigilant to aid in the efforts to stop the spread of the disease among animals in food production. We will support the (United States') dairy and livestock producers as they work to protect their herds.


"We call on Biden Administration officials to anticipate international trade concerns and encourage our trading partners to abide by internationally recognised scientific standards as determined by the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)."


Dairy cows make up 6.8% of total beef production in the US.


- North American Meat Institute

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