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Single Mad Cow Disease Case Confirmed in California

Single Mad Cow Disease Case Confirmed in California

The USDA announced today that a single cow infected with mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) has been found in central California. The animal was a dairy cow and did not enter the food supply. This is the the fourth case of mad cow ever found in the US, and the first since 2006. The animal died from an atypical, rare form of the disease that is “not likely attributable to infected feed,” according to a USDA spokesperson.

BSE usually occurs when cattle eat meat or other parts of other, infected cows; causes for the “atypical” version of the disease are unknown. BSE can be transmitted to humans who eat meat byproducts, usually from the spinal cord or brain, of infected cattle. The human form, known as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, has a long incubation period but is incurable and leads to dementia and death. The number of cases of BSE reported globally has waned dramatically: 29 cases reported in cows last year, compared with 1,000 new cases a week at the disease’s height in 1993 in the UK.

The USDA was quick to assure the public that there is no danger to the US food supply, and put out this video press release featuring Chief Veterinary officer Dr. John Clifford:

The AMI’s website states that the US “processed” 33.3 million cattle in 2009. Discovery of this BSE case, even though it was a dairy cow, will likely impact the US beef industry, which was slow to recover export contracts after discovery of the first US case in 2003. The US exported just over one million metric tons of beef in 2010; top markets are Mexico, Canada and Japan.

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11:59AM PST on Jan 5, 2014

Based on some of the ranting I see here perhaps we should be testing certain individuals for "Mad Human" disease.

10:19PM PDT on May 1, 2012

Ummmm, so "secret/invisible" member, "Screw it, you humans are going to kill them all because that is what you are good at".......if it's "us humans", then you are implying you are not amongst us? Who are you then, Bossy the cow?.

5:24PM PDT on May 1, 2012

Oh so now what does the state of CA. wan't to do, kill all the cows? Humans started this BS ,why not man up to it and figure something out and not take the easy way out by killing everything. Screw it, you humans are going to kill them all because that is what you are good at.

1:54AM PDT on May 1, 2012

Chicken litter? PLEEEEAAASE!

1:51AM PDT on May 1, 2012

Jane, if you're so unhappy in the U.S., why don't you move somewhere else? BTW, try to get the facts straight (once again pleading with you to at least TRY?). Even pink slime, as disgusting as it seems to be, is not slaughterhouse floor sweepings mixed with bleach. Try again. The chemical is ammonia. There's a big difference, and both have no place in foods, but at least if you're going to go off on a rant, get the facts straight.

12:22AM PDT on May 1, 2012

If people know how to grow thier own organic food, then the people will know how healthy there food is.

2:40PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

poor cow :-(

10:47AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Zero confidence in the amount of testing. USDA is not doing enough to protect the people of the USA & other countries that import our beef. Wouldn't you think that each ranch or the"Beef Board" would invest AND test their product?? they were so upset & worried about what OPRAH said on her show a few years back... They spent so much money on a ridiculous law suit, maybe they should put their $ into testing & safeguarding their animals. Feeding them BEEF/MEAT BY PRODUCTS I know isn't healthy for them. These animals are vegetarian NOT cannibals!

8:52AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

oh my!

8:15AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

You can have 0 confidence in the USDA. Americans were feeding slaughter house floor sweepings mixed with BLEACH (pink slime) to their children for 12 years and that was only
allowed in DOG FOOD prior to 2001. I wonder what the USDA will have your children eat in the future, INTESTINAL CONTENTS MIXED WITH BLEACH? If a parent was ever caught feeding their children dog food and bleach, they would be jailed and their children taken away. But our government can legally poison your children and get away with it.

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