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China to lift ban on US beef instituted after 2003 BSE incident


Chinese officials say they will lift a ban on U.S. beef imports imposed in 2003 after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as BSE or mad cow disease, was confirmed in a Washington state cow imported from Canada. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack called Thursday’s announcement “a critical first step” following a recently concluded review of the… Continue Reading

Canada Blames Old Feed for Alberta’s Most Recent ‘Mad Cow’ Discovery

Black Angus cow

The report is not exactly comforting on that Black Angus beef cow discovered with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) north of Edmonton, Alberta, last February. BSE is a progressive and fatal neurological disease in cattle. The first BSE, or “mad cow,” to turn up in Canada since 2011 was blamed Monday by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency… Continue Reading

‘Surprising’ Discovery Made About Chronic Wasting Disease

New study shows that prions can bind to plants

Elk with CWD

An infectious brain disease that has been killing deer, elk and moose both in the wild and on “captive farms” continues to stalk the land, expanding its domain to 23 states and two Canadian provinces since it was first identified in captive mule deer in a Colorado research facility in 1967. Known as chronic wasting disease,… Continue Reading

Canadian BSE Case Demonstrates Need for COOL, Lobby Group Says


R-CALF USA, which represents the U.S. cattle industry in trade, marketing and private property rights issues, is pointing to a recent case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) — or, as it is commonly called, “mad cow disease” — in a Canadian cow as a reason to maintain country-of-origin labeling (COOL). The World Trade Organization (WTO)… Continue Reading

Foreign Markets Cautious on Canadian Beef Pending BSE Investigation


Foreign markets are being extra cautious about Canadian beef until an investigation into an Alberta cow found to be infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) — or, as it is commonly called, “mad cow disease” — runs its course. In the meantime, South Korea has temporarily banned imports of Canadian beef as a precaution. None… Continue Reading

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

Beef cows eating hay

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