USDA's preliminary diagnosis of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in a single cow in Washington state, earlier this month "has no connection with the U.S. pork industry because there have been no reported cases of BSE in pigs, nor have there been any reported cases of inter-species transfer between cattle and pigs" stated National Pork Producers Council President Jon Caspers.

"The U.S. pork industry has full confidence in USDA's science-based, rigorous surveillance programs as it deals with this BSE case" said Caspers, a pork producer from Swaledale, Iowa. "NPPC will continue to work with the U.S. pork industry, Congress and USDA to further strengthen the U.S. animal-health surveillance system by establishing a national animal identification program. Such a traceability program must ensure that stringent measures are in place to provide accurate, affordable, and effective animal-health information in order to protect the health of the U.S. livestock herd. It must guarantee that consumers are further assured of greater confidence in the U.S. food supply and enhance our ability to respond to an animal health emergency" Caspers said.

Source: National Pork Producers Council.