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Mad cow disease found in California - "no risk to human health"

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Mad cow disease found in California - no risk to human healthby

The first new case of mad cow disease in six years has been detected in California

U.S. authorities have reported the first diagnosis of mad cow disease in six years. A dairy cow in central California was found to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly termed "Mad Cow" disease.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was quick to give assurances that the find posed "no risk to the food supply or to human health". His argument appears to have been accepted by most foreign buyers of U.S. beef, with the exception of two South Korean importers who halted sales.

The first outbreak of mad cow disease in the United States occurred in 2003, and hurt global trade in beef.

Mad cow disease is deadly in cattle, and research suggests humans can contract a similar fatal brain disease, vCJD, by eating infected meat from infected animals.

The fatal disease was blamed for the deaths of 150 people in Britain, where there was an outbreak in the 1980s and 1990s.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said it remains confident in the health of the national herd and the safety of beef and dairy products.
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