What Consumers Need to Know

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration  (FDA), U.S. Centers for Disease Control  (CDC) and the World Health Organization  (WHO) agree that foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is not a threat to public health, nor does it affect the safety of meat and milk products sold in supermarkets.

However, an FMD outbreak in the United States would pose a serious threat to animal health and the U.S. economy. Analysts estimate that an FMD outbreak in the United States could cost the country’s livestock industry billions of dollars in the first year. Such a major economic hardship in the livestock industry would significantly affect the food, transit and processing industries and ultimately threaten the entire U.S. economy.

For these reasons, we encourage consumers to be fully informed about FMD. In this section, you will find information about disease prevention measures in place as well as information about actions consumers can take to help prevent an FMD outbreak in the United States.

Check out the following resources and factsheets below for more information on FMD:

Internal Resources:

About FMD 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Health + Safety  

External Resources:

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Fact Sheet on FMD  

USDA-APHIS Protecting America from FMD and Other High-Consequence Livestock Diseases  

USDA-APHIS Response Plan for FMD and Other Foreign Animal Diseases