Cattle groups clear up some confusion on mRNA vaccines

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Rumors continue to swirl surrounding the use of MRNA vaccines in cattle, with some saying it is a way to get the vaccines into U.S. meat supply and vaccinate the population through digestion.

Several major cattle organizations have weighed in to clear up confusion.

Earlier this month, leaders at R-CALF came out to reiterate mRNA vaccines are not injected into U.S. cattle. Now, the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association is also speaking out, reminding everyone American cattle do not receive mRNA vaccines.

Mike Deering, the group’s executive vice president says even if they were, humans would not be affected.

“We don’t use mRNA vaccines in the beef cattle industry. But regardless of the vaccine technology, those vaccines are essentially digested when they’re administered, and we don’t give vaccines to cattle when they’re getting ready to be slaughtered. So, there’s absolutely no component, no residue of that vaccine left in the meat whatsoever. Not to mention, you know, vaccines or go through a very, very rigid approval process in the in the animal industry,” Deering said.

These recent rumblings have caused R-CALF to strengthen their message for mandatory country of origin labeling (M-COOL) regulations because some countries do inject their cattle. They say with more and more imports of beef into the U.S., the time for those regulations is now.

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