SPRINGFIELD—Governor Rod Blagojevich today implemented additional safeguards to boost consumer confidence in the safety of Illinois’ beef industry in light of the recent case of Mad Cow disease in Washington State.
“Illinois already aggressively tests feed, seed and livestock to ensure its quality in the marketplace,” Blagojevich said. “However, due to recent events, the Illinois State Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is taking additional steps to safeguard public health and ensure public confidence in Illinois’ food supply.”
In addition to complying with recently announced federal agriculture policy changes relating to a ban on the slaughter of all “downer” cattle, or those cattle that cannot walk, IDOA will enact several other policy changes including:
“Policies that both promote food safety and making sure the livestock industry remains strong are not mutually exclusive,” said Chuck Hartke, IDOA Director. “What we want to do is reassure Illinois consumers that their food is safe while at the same time protecting the economic interests of an important Illinois agriculture industry.”
Hartke noted that the additional measures will not require legislative approval.