Statement from NCBA President Bill Donald on Pew Charitable Trusts Study
WASHINGTON - National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Bill Donald issued the following statement subsequent to the release of a misleading study funded by Pew Charitable Trusts regarding meat and poultry.
“U.S. cattlemen’s top priority is to produce the safest, highest quality beef in the world. Cattlemen and women use multiple technologies to ensure the safety of their cattle and therefore the beef products. Calling into question the safety of U.S. beef without conclusive scientific evidence is careless and misleads consumers. Pew Charitable Trusts, an agenda-driven organization on this issue, funded this study, which concludes that its extremely small sample size was ‘insufficient to accurately estimate prevalence rates’ and that ‘public health relevance of this finding is unclear.’ The study’s authors clearly call into question the validity of their own study. The bottom-line is U.S. beef is safe and is part of a healthy, well-balanced diet.”