News & Perspective

Apr 28, 2006

Apr 28, 2006

USDA estimates nation has 4 to 7 BSE cases

(CIDRAP News) – After close to 2 years of expanded testing, the US government is estimating that there are between four and seven cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) among the nation's 42 million adult cattle.

"The data shows that the prevalence of BSE in the United States is extraordinarily low," US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Mike Johanns said at a teleconference this morning.

Apr 17, 2006

Apr 17, 2006

Tests confirm 5th BSE case in Canadian cow

(CIDRAP News) – A 6-year-old dairy cow in British Columbia, Canada, has been confirmed as that country's 5th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Testing conducted at the National Centre for Foreign Animal Diseases in Winnipeg, Canada, showed the cow had BSE, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced yesterday. No part of the animal has entered the human food or animal feed chain, Canadian authorities said.

Apr 14, 2006

Apr 14, 2006

Canada may have another BSE case

(CIDRAP News) – Preliminary testing has pointed to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, in a 6-year-old dairy cow from southern British Columbia, the Canadian government announced yesterday.

Apr 07, 2006

Apr 07, 2006

USDA sets 2009 goal for livestock tracking system

(CIDRAP News) – Under a schedule laid out yesterday by federal agriculture officials, a nationwide livestock identification system to help in the investigation and control of animal disease outbreaks will be fully operational by 2009.