USDA Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. John Clifford- Video on Latest BSE CaseWed, 25 Apr 2012 04:44:51 CDT
On April 24, 2012(Tuesday afternoon), the United States Department of Agriculture announced the nation's fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), sometimes called mad cow disease, in a dairy cow from central California. This is the fourth case of BSE ever discovered in the United States- and the third case that has been described as "atypical."
In a written statement released by USDA and attributed to the Chief Vet of the agency, Dr. John Clifford, revealed what had been rumored for several hours during the market trading day on Tuesday:
"As part of our targeted surveillance system, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the nation's fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a dairy cow from central California. The carcass of the animal is being held under state authority at a rendering facility in California and will be destroyed. It was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health. Additionally, milk does not transmit BSE.
"Evidence shows that our systems and safeguards to prevent BSE are working, as are similar actions taken by countries around the world. In 2011, there were only 29 worldwide cases of BSE, a dramatic decline and 99% reduction since the peak in 1992 of 37,311 cases. This is directly attributable to the impact and effectiveness of feed bans as a primary control measure for the disease.
"Samples from the animal in question were tested at USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa. Confirmatory results using immunohistochemistry and western blot tests confirmed the animal was positive for atypical BSE, a very rare form of the disease not generally associated with an animal consuming infected feed."
To see the full statement released by USDA, click here.
In the following video from USDA- Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. John Clifford answers a series of questions about this BSE case.
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