Mad cow disease case in California confirmed, food supply is safe, USDA says (Video)

By on Apr 25, 2012 in Food, Health, Lifestyle, United States Comments

A new case of mad cow disease has recently been discovered in California, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stressed out that the current food supply is safe for human consumption, as shown in the video below.



USDA Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. John Clifford,
speaking about the new mad cow disease case

Image Credit: USDA video

As revealed by USDA on its official website on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford the country’s fourth case of mad cow disease, or known formally as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

According to USDA, the affected dairy cow had not entered the food supply and poses no risk to human health, with the animal’s carcass currently being held at a rendering facility and will be destroyed.

“The beef and dairy in the American food supply is safe and USDA remains confident in the health of U.S. cattle.” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was quoted at USDA.gov, noting that systems and safeguards is working as planned to protect animal and human health.

USDA has no reason to believe that any other U.S. animals are currently affected, but we will remain vigilant and committed to the safeguards in place.” The statement added, with the place of origin of the affected cow not yet revealed.

Meanwhile, CNN reported that this latest case of mad cow disease was discovered at Bakers Commodities Inc. rendering facility in Hanford, California after workers selected the cow for random sampling.

“We are in the business of removing dead animals from dairies in the Central Valley. As part of that program, we participate in the BSE surveillance program.” Bakers Commodities Inc Executive Vice President Dennis Luckey told CNN in a phone interview.


USDA Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. John Clifford, explaining he latest case of mad cow disease
found in California

Video Credit: USDA/YouTube



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