The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization agree that FMD is not a threat to food safety or public health and does not affect the safety of meat or milk sold in supermarkets and restaurants.

While FMD does not pose a significant threat to food safety or public health, it is severe and highly contagious among the animals it affects. The FMD Team works closely with experts, including livestock producers and veterinarians, to follow innovative practices and initiatives to reduce the risk of FMD or other foreign animal disease outbreaks. Government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also diligently monitor for potential FMD outbreaks, and are prepared with an emergency response plan in case of an outbreak.

In this section you will find answers to common public health concerns, animal safety information and monitoring and prevention related to FMD.