The 1997 feed regulations regarding the prevention of BSE have cost the US nearly $900 million, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service said in a September report.
The costs though are only a fraction of lost export business due to import
bans, which the USDA estimates between $3.2 billion and $4.7 billion. The most
obvious benefit is reduction of risk from animal disease-in this case, risk to
animals from BSE and risk to humans of vCJD. However, the incremental value of
this risk reduction has not been estimated.
Of the nearly $900 million
price tag for the feed regulations, in aggregate annual effects, the USDA said
the cost of feeding cattle rose by $637 million. The definition of specified
risk material – such as brains or spinal columns – increased costs by $195
million. The net loss to renderers was $53 million and meat and bone meal prices
by rose $8 million.
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