US BSE fears played down by industry

By Aidan Fortune

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The infected cow does not pose a public health risk, USDA said
The infected cow does not pose a public health risk, USDA said
The US beef industry has moved quickly to allay fears over an incident of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Alabama.

The incident was confirmed in an 11-year-old cow after it showed clinical signs of atypical (L-type) BSE during routine surveillance. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply or to human health in the US.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association​ (NCBA) cattle health and well-being committee chairman Jimmy Holliman said: “USDA confirmed that an 11-year-old cow that never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented any risk to the food supply was discovered through routine surveillance to test positive for atypical (L-type) BSE. It’s important to note that this type is very different than the classical type of BSE, which occurred mainly in the United Kingdom in the 1980s. BSE is not contagious and the cow announced today posed no risk to human health. The bottom line: all US beef is safe.

USDA’s ongoing BSE surveillance program has tested more than one million cattle since the program began. The incidence of BSE in the US is extremely low, and will remain so. The US currently has a ‘negligible BSE risk’ status from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) – the lowest possible risk in the world. We commend USDA and animal health experts for effectively identifying and controlling the potential risks associated with BSE.​”

Beef sector ‘vital’ to Alabama

This is fifth incident of BSE to be found in the US. Of the four previous US cases, the first was a case of classical BSE that was imported from Canada; the rest have been atypical (H- or L-type) BSE.

The OIE classifies the US as ‘negligible risk for BSE’. Atypical BSE cases do not impact official BSE risk status recognition, as this form of the disease is believed to occur spontaneously in all cattle populations at a very low rate. Therefore, this finding of an atypical case will not change the negligible risk status of the US, and should not lead to any trade issues.

Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) commissioner John McMillan praised the controls that led to the incident being discovered.

The Alabama beef industry is vital to our state’s agricultural economy,​” he said. “The response to this case by USDA officials and our department’s professionals, led by state veterinarian Dr Tony Frazier, has been exemplary. This instance proves to us that our ongoing surveillance program is working effectively.​”

Frazier added: “The ADAI conducts routine surveillance that includes collecting samples by trained field staff and veterinarians and has a response plan in place.​”

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Posted by dogdoc,

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So, what's my point? Let's just reclassify our species as Homo stupido ignoramo and put OUR name on the Endangered list and be done with it! Gotta go. Time to stick my head back into the dirt!

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atypical L-type BASE BSE mad cow disease

Posted by Terry Singeltary,

how about the rest of this story...the truth?
couldn't hurt.

TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

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Posted by Elaine,

The cost cutting and infernal decision to feed animal parts to herbivores was playing Russian Roulette with the lives of animals and humans alike....the very symptoms of BSE are shocking and disturbing....yet the practice still continues today, with the exception of not feeding like species to like species....even though the damning outbreak in the 1990s took the world by devastation and paralleled itself to a horror film. BSE brought about the banning of the use of the pithing rod but for emergency cases, and then only with plugs provided to prevent leakage. The pithing rod was a quick and instant death following the use of a captive bolt or .22 bullet, inserted through the hole and pushed to it's full length and severing the spinal chord.....the cranial leakage produced led to it's ban..despite it's routine use in slaughterhouses, it meant specialised training and one animal at a time reduced the kicking reflex in the animal and made work safer for the slaughtermen. Today's factory abattoirs could not operate in this way, far too slow and individual.....BSE and the banning of the pithing rod changed the face of abattoirs and the practices within opportunity taken, but a lesson not learned....BSE is not going away.

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