Australian beef free of mad cow disease

07 July 2015

Australian beef is safe and free from BSE (mad cow disease). You cannot catch mad cow disease from eating Australian beef.

No cases of BSE have ever been recorded in Australian cattle despite extensive and ongoing surveillance.

Australia’s biosecurity practices are very robust, which means that many diseases are not present in Australia, like BSE and foot and mouth disease etc.

BSE, also known as mad cow disease, was caused by feeding meat and bone meal to cattle. It has a long incubation period and can go undetected for many years.

Australian cattle are not and have not been fed animal products. This is banned in Australia.

The Australian quarantine authorities do not allow imports of meat and bone meal (MBM) into Australia.

An epidemic in Britain occurred around the late 1980s-early 1990s. Some people who lived in the UK during these years may have been exposed.

For further information contact MLA Media Manager, Ph: 02 9463 9198

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