Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is NOT a public health or food safety concern. Product that has passed FSIS inspection is safe and wholesome for human consumption, and potentially may be released into commerce for human consumption.
Animals which pass ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection by USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) are safe and wholesome for human consumption, even if they are in the pre-clinical or recovery stage of an FMD infection. Many packing plants have on-site rendering capacity for non-edible products, so any virus in those products would be destroyed.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) Terrestrial Animal Health Codes aim to assure the sanitary safety of international trade in terrestrial animals and their products consistent with the expanded mandate of the WOAH which is ‘to improve animal health worldwide’. During an FMD outbreak, WOAH recommendations for international trade will be followed.
Informational materials for FMD are below: