Mamba®, a popular German-made candy fruit chew available throughout the U.S., poses absolutely no risk of carrying Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), widely known as "mad cow disease." "We have total confidence and assurance that there is not and has never been any risk to consumers,'' said Liam Killeen, CEO and President of Storck U.S.A. "However, as of February 1, 2001, Storck will replace the beef gelatin in Mamba with vegetable starch, while maintaining our same standards of high quality and taste."