Packers are essential to the success of business continuity for the beef industry during a foot and mouth (FMD) outbreak in livestock. Product that has passed USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) inspection is safe and wholesome for human consumption. Packers may find themselves being regulated by animal health officials managing the outbreak as a way to control this animal disease.
FMD is not a public health or food safety concern. Meat is safe to eat.
Packers and State Animal Health Officials are encouraged to work together to determine the best options that reduce FMD virus spread via livestock trucks and plant employees while aligning with capabilities and local regulations. When available, more information will be posted on the packer biosecurity page.
Packers may also be involved in sample submission for surveillance of FMD virus. When available, additional information will be posted on the packer surveillance page.
The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has foreign animal disease guidance documents, including biosecurity measures for packers available on their website.
Learn more about discussions and next steps between States and Packers by reading the Regional Beef Packer Meeting Summary. This is from a May 2022 meeting with representatives from several beef packers, cattle feeding operations, and state officials from Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.