Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 359 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Dec-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Dec-2003
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Statement of probable case of BSE in Washington State
Following the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture late yesterday that a Holstein cow in the State of Washington has tested presumptively positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or “mad cow disease”), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has dispatched several teams of investigators to trace back and trace forward the potential involvement of any FDA-regulated commodities.  more

Information for patients: Consumer questions and answers about BSE
Mad Cow Disease is the layperson's name for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a transmissible, slowly progressive, degenerative, fatal disease affecting the central nervous system of adult cattle.†With the exception of the case identified on December 24, 2003, there is no evidence to date of BSE affecting U.S. cattle, despite an aggressive surveillance program under which nearly 20,000 animals were tested last year.  more


USDA: Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) (mad cow) response plan
A finding of a Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) emergency in the animal population could undermine consumer confidence in the food supply and have a severe adverse effect to large segments of the animal population. The threat of BSE entering the food chain could have long-term health consequences for the human population. In order to mitigate these consequences, the USDA is preparing to respond to a BSE emergency and provide the necessary resources to address the myriad of issues that could arise.  more

Washington firm recalls beef products following presumptive BSE determination
Verns Moses Lake Meats, a Moses Lake, Wash., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 10,410 pounds of raw beef that may have been exposed to tissues containing the infectious agent that causes bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.  more

Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Venemanís interview on the CBS Early Show: December 24, 2003
Let's get right to our top story. A meat packer in Washington State has announced 24 December 2003 that it is voluntarily recalling 10,000 pounds of raw beef in the wake of a mad cow scare. A single cow in Washington State tested positive for the disease which has never been seen before in this country. More than half a dozen countries including Japan and Russia have stopped importing American beef.  more

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