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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

Three More Countries Place Restrictions on Brazilian Beef Over BSE Concerns


Three more countries — Taiwan, Chile and Jordan — have imposed restrictions on Brazilian beef after it was revealed in early December the country had a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in 2010, according to Meatingplace. China, Japan, South Africa, Lebanon, Peru, and Saudi Arabia have also all reportedly put bans in place since… Continue Reading

Five Importing Nations Ban Beef from Brazil Over Mad Cow


Five counties – not including the United States — have now banned Brazilian beef entirely as a precaution after the country’s handling of an incident of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in 2010. Japan, China, South Africa, South Korea and Saudi Arabia have blocked beef from Brazil because of the BSE, or Mad Cow Disease report,… Continue Reading

Brazil Works to Minimize Reaction to Mad Cow Incident


Brazil continues to downplay its first and belated report of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow Disease, and its strategy may be working. Except for Japan, Brazil’s 2010 Mad Cow incident is not resulting in trade bans against its beef. To make sure it stays that way, the government in Brasilia Tuesday said it… Continue Reading