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Maine Slaughterhouse Recalls More Than 25,000 Pounds of Beef for Potentially Insufficient Processing


Bubier Meats of Greene, ME, has voluntarily recalled 25,192 pounds of beef because the dorsal root ganglia may not have been completely removed. The Maine Department of Agriculture said Friday that state officials had discovered the problem during a review of the company’s slaughter logs. Federal regulations require removal of the tissue in cattle 30… Continue Reading

Brazil’s Second Cow With BSE Likely An Atypical Case


The animal with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) recently found in Brazil was probably an atypical case, according to the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory in Weybridge, England. Atypical BSE, or “mad cow” disease, is a form of the prion disease not associated with the animal’s consumption of feed. The finding means it is unlikely the… Continue Reading

Brazil Investigates Second Possible Mad Cow Case Since 2010


A second possible case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow disease, in Brazil is coming in for public scrutiny much sooner than the first, which was discovered in 2010. Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture says it is investigating why an animal with symptoms of “nerve disease” collapsed at a slaughterhouse in the state of… Continue Reading

What is a Downer Calf?



What is a downer calf? I will try and answer that question, and, in so doing, hope to better inform the 72 members of Congress who signed a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging him to prohibit the “slaughtering of non-ambulatory disabled calves (known as ‘downers’).” I will explain in… Continue Reading

New Rules on Beef Imports Regarding ‘Mad Cow Disease’ Set for March

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Federal rules on beef imported into the U.S. will change beginning March 4, when importers begin operating under new, more open rules regarding bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the fatal disease in cattle more commonly known as “Mad Cow Disease.” The new rules aim to bring the U.S. guidelines for imports in regard to BSE more… Continue Reading

Germany Identifies First ‘Mad Cow’ Case Since 2009


German officials have identified one beef cow with a case of bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE), the fatal neurological disorder also known as “Mad Cow Disease.” This is Germany’s first reported case since 2009. The cow was killed and its body destroyed, with none of the meat entering the human food chain. Health officials said that… Continue Reading

USDA Eases Regulations on Beef Imports in Regard to ‘Mad Cow Disease’


The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its final ruling late Friday afternoon easing regulations on beef imports in regard to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the fatal disease in cattle also known as “Mad Cow Disease.” The new rule will bring the United States’ stance on beef imports in line with international standards that base trade… Continue Reading

Failure to Remove Vertebral Column Brings Rib Eye Recall


Triple J. Family Farms, based in Buffalo Lake, MN, recalled approximately 15,270 pounds of bone-in rib eye products Monday because the bovine’s vertebral column may not have been completely removed.  USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said not removing the vertebral column in cattle 30 months of age or older is a violation of regulations… Continue Reading

FDA Seeks Comment on Risk of BSE in Cow Intestines


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reopened the comment period for its rule on what cow parts may be used in human products Monday because research completed since the interim rule was published has revealed traces of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in parts of the intestine currently allowed in human food and drugs. In 2005,… Continue Reading

Risk of Mad Cow Now Found To Be “Negligible” in U.S. Beef


A powerful world panel is recommending that the United States be dropped to the lower “negligible” risk classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow Disease, an opinion praised by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. BSE is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that originates in cattle.  It causes a spongy degeneration of the brain and… Continue Reading