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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

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

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