“Today's announcement that an animal has tested positive for BSE does not change the fact that U.S. beef remains safe,” says AMIF President James H. Hodges. “Beef remains safe because consumption of beef has never been associated with a BSE-related human illness,” Hodges noted. This is the third confirmed case of BSE in the United States
The positive result was confirmed
by Western Blot tests in Ames, Iowa. “This
test result is evidence that our BSE firewall
system is capable of both detecting, and
eventually eliminating BSE from the United
States,” noted Hodges. “The enhanced
testing program that USDA started on June 1,
2004 is part of the interlocking and
overlapping firewall system that this country
has undertaken for nearly 15 years to detect,
and eventually stop BSE in the U.S. ” Hodges
added. Under the enhanced testing program
more 650,000 animals have been tested for BSE.
Since that time, more than 73 million head of
cattle have been processed in the U.S.
USDA Chief Veterinarian John Clifford
noted that the animal did not enter the food
chain. Its origin is unknown at this time,
although it had only been on the farm where it
was detected in Alabama for less than one year.
The animal’s birth cohorts are being
investigated, although Dr. Clifford noted that
it is “highly unusual” to find BSE in more
than one animal in a herd.
The ten year
old cow is a Santa Gertrudis.
BSE Firewall System Working to Detect, Stop Disease in U.S., Says AMIMonday, March 13, 2006
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