U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced Tuesday that a suspected case of BSE has been found in a single cow in Washington state. The cow was a non-ambulatory dairy cow discovered at a small, federally-inspected slaughter facility in Washington. Officials stress that the case is "presumptive" and an investigation is ongoing. The muscle cuts of the suspect animal were sent for further processing, but the brain and spinal column did not enter the food supply. Officials also stressed that the risk to American consumers from BSE is very low, and Ag Secretary Veneman said she planned to have beef for Christmas dinner.
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