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BSE Announcement May Have Hurt Domestic Beef Sales

02 January 2007

US - A USDA Economic Research service study released Friday provides evidence that the U.S. government announcement of finding cows in Washington State infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy in 2003 resulted in a dip in beef purchases.

According to consumer beef purchase data gathered from ACNielsen Homescan by USDA researchers, fresh beef sales in the U.S. were unusually low in the two weeks following the 2003 BSE announcement.

Frozen beef sales fell in the week after the announcement, and frankfurter sales fell in the second week, although there is evidence to suggest an unrelated event may have been responsible for the dip in frankfurter sales.

Did BSE Announcements Reduce Beef Purchases?

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Source: Farm Futures


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