Late last week USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service or APHIS put out a rule that should modernize import regulations for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, known as BSE or informally as Mad-Cow Disease.
APHIS Deputy Director Dr. John Clfford says other BSE safeguards will remain in place, such as FDA's ban on ruminant-to-ruminant feed.
National Cattleman's Beef Association President Scott George says the rule will show U.S. trading partners American commitment to fair trade.
Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow calls the rule crucial to breaking down market access barriers, and re-opening markets closed to U.S. beef.
The rule will be effective 90 days after its publication in the federal register, at which point APHIS will use the same international standards used by the World Organization for Animal Health.