The U.S., Canada and Mexico have established a harmonized approach to BSE risk mitigation. The purpose is to “more effectively” address BSE risk in North America. This science-based strategy is to “normalize trade in ruminants and ruminant products within North America and to promote an international BSE strategy” consistent with Office of Epizootics (OIE) guidelines.

The minimum standards defined in the report haven't been codified throughout North America. Rather, they will be considered by the appropriate animal health and public health officials in each country through their respective regulatory processes, USDA says. See the report at www.aphis.usda.gov.