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.”

The product has been certified as safe by the German Federal Office for Consumer Health Protection and Veterinary Affairs, the German counterpart to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and by the European Commission.

According to the findings of those agencies and the World Health Organization, it is safe to use and eat the beef gelatin contained in Mamba. Beef gelatin is a common ingredient used in a number of different foods, such as ice cream, instant soups, gelatin desserts and many other products.

“We stand behind the safety of our product,” said Liam Killeen, CEO and President of Storck U.S.A. “There is absolutely no need for concern.”

According to Storck, the ingredients used in the production of the beef gelatin contained in Mamba do not carry the BSE virus. Furthermore, the manufacturing process includes extremely strict safety and health precautions, including an ultra-heat treatment akin to pasteurization that is proven to eliminate BSE. In addition, Storck uses only a single, certified supplier of beef gelatin.

In addition to European authorities, Storck is working closely with the U.S. FDA to allay any consumer concerns regarding Mamba.

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“We have total confidence and assurance that there is not and has never been any risk to consumers,” said Killeen. “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.”