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Dec 30, 2003

Dec 30, 2003

USDA bans all downer cattle from food supply

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture is banning the use of "downer" cattle for human food and taking several other new steps to keep beef products contaminated with the agent of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) out of the food supply, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman announced today.

Dec 29, 2003

Dec 29, 2003

Cow with BSE older than previously thought

(CIDRAP News) – The Washington state cow announced by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Dec 23 to be a "presumptive positive" bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) case, was born in April 1997, before the August 1997 Food and Drug Administration ban on feeding ruminant-derived meat and bone meal supplements to cattle went into effect.

Dec 24, 2003

Dec 24, 2003

USDA says first US BSE case poses little risk

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials took pains to assure the public today that the risk of contamination in the US beef supply is very low following yesterday's announcement that the nation's first apparent case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, had turned up in Washington state.

Nov 24, 2003

Nov 24, 2003

USDA announces food safety research agenda

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week announced a comprehensive research agenda for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its food safety programs.

The "unified food safety research agenda" ranges from studying the virulence of major foodborne pathogens to developing effective food-safety training strategies, the department said.

Nov 10, 2003

Nov 10, 2003

Senate wants to keep downed cattle out of food supply

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to ensure that sick cattle are kept out of the food supply, the Senate last week approved a measure to bar the Department of Agriculture (USDA) from approving the use of "downed" animals for human consumption.

Oct 16, 2003

Oct 16, 2003

BSE expert says Japanese case implies larger outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The recent finding of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a 23-month-old bull in Japan suggests that Japan may have more cases of the disease than previously suspected, according to a University of Minnesota expert on the disease.

Jul 24, 2003

Jul 24, 2003

Canada moves to shield food supply from BSE-infected material

(CIDRAP News) – In the first regulatory change triggered by Canada's recent case of mad cow disease, the Canadian government announced last week that certain high-risk parts of cattle, including the brain and spinal cord, will have to be removed from carcasses at the time of slaughter.

Jul 01, 2003

Jul 01, 2003

Experts recommend bolstering BSE precautions in Canada

(CIDRAP News) – A team of experts who reviewed Canada's response to the recent mad cow disease case in Alberta recommended last week that Canada increase its efforts to ensure that high-risk parts of cattle do not end up in either human food or animal feed.

Mar 05, 2003

Mar 05, 2003

USDA begins testing for spinal cord in mechanically separated beef

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture says it has begun routine sampling of beef from "advanced meat recovery" (AMR) systems to make sure it doesn't contain spinal cord tissue. AMR systems mechanically cut meat from carcasses without breaking bones.

Jan 22, 2003

Jan 22, 2003

USDA reports increased efforts to prevent BSE

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it more than tripled the number of cattle it tested for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, in fiscal year 2002 and is making progress on other regulatory steps to keep BSE out of the country.

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