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Mad Cow Disease in Alabama

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:46 am
by BK9954
Hope this doesnt mess China export up again.

Washington, D.C., July 18, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a neurologic disease of cattle, in an eleven-year old cow in Alabama.  This animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the United States.

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) have determined that this cow was positive for atypical (L-type) BSE.  The animal was showing clinical signs and was found through routine surveillance at an Alabama livestock market.  APHIS and Alabama veterinary officials are gathering more information on the case.

 

BSE is not contagious and exists in two types - classical and atypical.  Classical BSE is the form that occurred primarily in the United Kingdom, beginning in the late 1980's, and it has been linked to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in people. The primary source of infection for classical BSE is feed contaminated with the infectious prion agent, such as meat-and-bone meal containing protein derived from rendered infected cattle.  Regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have prohibited the inclusion of mammalian protein in feed for cattle and other ruminants since 1997 and have also prohibited high risk tissue materials in all animal feed since 2009.

Atypical BSE is different, and it generally occurs in older cattle, usually 8 years of age or greater. It seems to arise rarely and spontaneously in all cattle populations.

 

This is the nation's 5th detection of BSE.  Of the four previous U.S. cases, the first was a case of classical BSE that was imported from Canada; the rest have been atypical (H- or L-type) BSE.

 

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has recognized the United States as negligible risk for BSE.  As noted in the OIE guidelines for determining this status, atypical BSE cases do not impact official BSE risk status recognition as this form of the disease is believed to occur spontaneously in all cattle populations at a very low rate. Therefore, this finding of an atypical case will not change the negligible risk status of the United States, and should not lead to any trade issues. 

The United States has a longstanding system of interlocking safeguards against BSE that protects public and animal health in the United States, the most important of which is the removal of specified risk materials - or the parts of an animal that would contain BSE should an animal have the disease - from all animals presented for slaughter. The second safeguard is a strong feed ban that protects cattle from the disease. Another important component of our system - which led to this detection - is our ongoing BSE surveillance program that allows USDA to detect the disease if it exists at very low levels in the U.S. cattle population.

Re: Mad Cow Disease in Alabama

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:55 am
by ALACOWMAN
Won't say what co. Or where, bet its near chicken house country on sand mtn...

Re: Mad Cow Disease in Alabama

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:09 am
by True Grit Farms
We surely need to know the where, who and what is going on with this. Everything is sketchy on the Internet about this BSE.

Re: Mad Cow Disease in Alabama

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:45 am
by greybeard
Most likely, it's sketchy because it's atypical. An 11 year old cow is all they will say.

Re: Mad Cow Disease in Alabama

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:59 am
by TennesseeTuxedo
How did this get past flounder?

Re: Mad Cow Disease in Alabama

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:08 am
by greybeard
Hope this doesn't mess China export up Gin


1st domino:
http://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?year=2017&no=485501

South Korea is sharply toughening quarantine check on U.S. beef imports upon report of the first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) - a type of mad cow disease - in five years from an Alabama animal

The Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Wednesday said it requested its U.S. counterpart to be accurately and timely briefed on the situation and development.

In the meantime, the government would make 30 percent of the U.S. produce subject to sampling physical check - opening up the package, defrosting, and cutting to check in detail -., up sharply from 3 percent share.

To prevent hyped concerns, the agriculture ministry assured that that no beef from slaughterhouses or processing facilities in Alabama is brought to Korea. Currently, U.S. beef that can be imported to Korea is restricted to cattle younger than 30 months with specified risk materials (SRM) removed in the slaughtering process, it added.

Re: Mad Cow Disease in Alabama

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:32 am
by M-5
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:How did this get past flounder?


it didn't he posted it yesterday

Re: Mad Cow Disease in Alabama

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:52 am
by TexasBred
There has been a lot of speculation about the causes of atypical BSE – including a theory that it may develop spontaneously in older cattle. The truth is, BSE is rare and atypical BSE is even rarer, making it hard to study and reach definitive conclusions. What we do know is current BSE safeguards are effective at protecting both human health and the cattle herd from this disease.

Re: Mad Cow Disease in Alabama

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:32 am
by TennesseeTuxedo
M-5 wrote:
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:How did this get past flounder?


it didn't he posted it yesterday


I have sworn off even clicking his posts as I don't want to feed the Troll. This would have been the first thing of relevance he's ever posted here.

Re: Mad Cow Disease in Alabama

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:29 am
by TCRanch
ALACOWMAN wrote:Won't say what co. Or where, bet its near chicken house country on sand mtn...

Haven't been back in a long time but there used to be a ton of chicken houses on Sand Mountain. Wouldn't surprise me.

Re: Mad Cow Disease in Alabama

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:56 am
by dun
flounder is restricted to only posting on the one forum I think

Re: Mad Cow Disease in Alabama

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:13 pm
by BK9954
dun wrote:flounder is restricted to only posting on the one forum I think

Who is flounder?

Re: Mad Cow Disease in Alabama

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:20 pm
by TennesseeTuxedo
BK9954 wrote:
dun wrote:flounder is restricted to only posting on the one forum I think

Who is flounder?


Not being a smartazz but you're better off not knowing. He's a lonely troll with no life.

Use the search feature if you must.

Re: Mad Cow Disease in Alabama

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:33 pm
by Lucky_P
http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2017/07/u ... W-zMoQrKpo

"The United States has a “negligible risk” rating for BSE from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). OIE guidelines for determining status say that atypical BSE cases do not impact official BSE risk status recognition as this form of the disease is believed to occur spontaneously in all cattle populations at a very low rate.

The finding of an atypical case will not change the negligible risk status of the United States, and should not lead to any trade issues, according to USDA."

Re: Mad Cow Disease in Alabama

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:53 pm
by Rafter S
dun wrote:flounder is restricted to only posting on the one forum I think


He posts something new every couple weeks, but rarely gets responses so they drop off the radar pretty quick.