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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

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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’

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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

FDA Seeks Comment on Risk of BSE in Cow Intestines

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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

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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

Five Importing Nations Ban Beef from Brazil Over Mad Cow

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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

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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

Brazil Kept Mad Cow Secret for Two Years

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Enough beef to feed one million Americans for a year has been imported from Brazil without the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) mitigations that are supposed to be applied to countries where BSE is known to exist. That’s because for the past two years, USDA was operating under the assumption that Brazil had not experienced any… Continue Reading

Mad Cow Research May Be Key to Treating Human Disorders

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The Twentieth Century’s most feared foodborne illness – the fatal Mad Cow Disease – may be the era’s key to treating a long list of diseases involving deformed proteins, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Such neurological disorders as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease could benefit from the prion research into… Continue Reading

Neither Human Health nor Food Safety Were Ever At Risk in 4th Mad Cow

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An April-to-August investigation has closed the book on the fourth case of Mad Cow Disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), in the United States. The California Holstein discovered last April was an isolated incident, poising no threat what-so-ever to the U.S. cattle herd or food safety.  The three month investigation ended in the same place… Continue Reading