Supply & Prices
Though FMD does not pose a threat to food safety or human health, it is vital to prevent the disease from entering and spreading in the U.S. because it can negatively impact the food supply due to decreased industry production. If an FMD outbreak reduced the amount of meat and milk that’s produced, you might pay more for these products at grocery stores and restaurants.
Economic & Trade Impacts
Preventing FMD from entering the U.S. is important to uphold a vital part of the national economy. Annually, the beef industry contributes $167 billion in gross sales to the national economy, along with thousands of jobs. These significant economic contributions would not be possible if animals were needlessly suffering and unable to produce at their normal rate.
Following an FMD outbreak, it would take years—if ever—to ramp up production and international trade back to where it was prior to the outbreak. This means that the consequences and economic loss of an FMD outbreak would last for many years.