After a lengthy review process, the Scientific Commission for the World Health Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has recommended changing the U.S. risk classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from “controlled” to “negligible.”

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says such a change in status could help the U.S. normalize beef trade with several countries.  Moving from “controlled” to “negligible” would remove a layer of regulatory requirements for countries importing beef from the U.S.

An official decision on the issue is expected when the OIE’s World Assembly of Delegates meets in Paris in May. 

Read more about the potential change here.