Old, lame cow center of BSE case

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The USDA confirmed a case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in a California dairy cow last week, and now more details have emerged to paint a clearer picture of the fourth U.S. case of BSE.

According to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the cow at the center of the case was an elderly cow – 10 years and 7 months old – from a dairy farm in Tulare County, Calif. The animal was humanely euthanized after developing lameness and becoming recumbent.

After being euthanized, the cow’s carcass was taken to a rendering plant operated by Baker Commodities in Hanford, Calif., according to a Reuters report. The carcass was then tested as part of targeted BSE surveillance at rendering facilities.

The USDA reported that the carcass will be destroyed, and reiterated that the animal was at no point present for slaughter for human consumption. It did not enter food supply channels and never presented any risk to human health. Here is a summary of what you need to know about this latest case of BSE.

The epidemiological investigation is expected to continue, and the USDA will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Also, see “Mad cow strain found in Tulare County mysterious.”

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Dr Richard Lasker    
Washington  |  April, 30, 2012 at 09:53 AM

Love the way you titled this "old, lame cow" so we are, I guess, supposed to think, "Oh what the heck, one, old lame cow, please, what’s news about this." Except here is the part you left out: This is a DAIRY cow. Who and why are they feeding ground-up animal carcasses to our DAIRY cows? What part of herbivore don't you get? What part of our children's milk don't you get? USDA says "..We don't "believe" BSE transmits in the milk...." and what, we're all to just trust them and feed it to our children? Hey: those autism symptoms: confusion, anger, disrupted thought patterns.....aren't they EXACTLY the same symptoms of BSE poisoning? Well, yes, they indeed are the same. You may not like government shoving rules and regulations down your gullet but if you’d have some sense of decency they wouldn’t have to. Didn’t see these rules and oversight during the 50s, 60s, 70s did you? That’s because your industries were manned by upright citizens then doing the right thing. Today: well let’s just say today they are not. Wise up: herbivores eat herbs. Quit trying to shove death down our throats and start acting like men and women with morals and integrity. And don’t give me that “FDA USDA approved methods” nonsense: we all know those review boards are staffed by short-term contract people who are employees of the very industries that they are reviewing products from. They have no legitimacy what-so-ever and are why the EU laughs at our “bought” science.

Robert B    
Texas  |  April, 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I may have missed something but I have not seen it reported that this cow was ever fed ruminant products.

pennsylvania  |  May, 01, 2012 at 08:01 AM

Today we are all reminded that it is very important to take great care in selecting a doctor.

California  |  May, 01, 2012 at 10:56 PM

He is probably a chiropractor.

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