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Mad Cow Disease Discovered In California
A case of mad cow disease has been discovered the US, leading two major South Korean retailers to suspend sales of the country's beef.
The disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), was discovered in a dairy cow in central California and is the first new case in the country since 2006.
Two of South Korea's largest supermarket chains, Home Plus and Lotte Mart, said they had temporarily halted selling beef from the US.
"We stopped sales from today," a Lotte Mart spokesman said. "Not that there were any quality issues in the meat but because consumers were worried."
US health authorities are battling to contain fallout from the discovery in an attempt to avoid disruptions to the global food trade which have cost billions of dollars in previous cases.
They stressed the outbreak was contained and no contaminated meat had entered the food chain.
The infected cow "at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health", the Department of Agriculture's chief veterinary officer said.
He suggested the California cow had an unusual case of BSE caused by a random mutation in the animal, not infected cattle feed.
South Korea, so far the only country to suspend sales in reaction to this case, also imposed a ban on US beef in 2003 along with China and other countries because of mad cow concerns.
South Korea is the world's fourth-largest importer of US beef, having bought 107,000 tonnes of the meat worth $563m (£348m) last year.
BSE is fatal to cows and can cause brain disease in humans who eat contaminated beef.
More than 200 people around the world are suspected to have died from the human variant of the disease since BSE was discovered in Britain in 1986.
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what do you think?
AS MY HUSBAND SAY,S THE ONLY MAD COW AROUND HERE IS THE ONE HE SLEEP WITH
You may have self-esteem issues Kathleen not BSE. One will resolve itself (albeit temporarily) with a swift boot to the nads. Unfortunately the other one is a killer.
well then you are safe
I expect the price of our beef will go up now
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Minced animal yum yum. Stok market beef is up
Wake up Orange! There was never proof that BSE was responsible for nvCJD and your figures of 200 people worldwide dying from the disease tends to back that up, as it was projected that there would be an epidemic of the disease if the two had been linked. On another point though, its about time that the US got some come back, as they were very quick to condemn UK beef when the disease was at its peak in the UK.
Well, take a look around. How is everyone behaving? Globally. On TV, on the radio, in towns. How does it all look? Are you managing to get any kind of sense out of "anyone"? Do I have mad cow disease? I spent the 1980s eating beef burgers. Big boxes of cheap beef burgers. I have noticed, whilst browsing images of American satellite photographs, Canada, Alaska and North America appear to be shaped almost like a spongiform brain. I like America, Canada and Alaska. It just makes me wonder why and how those satellite images, terrain images are shaped like a spongiform brain. Does it mean anything?
would any one notice if an american got mad cow disease .
been and none that,
Russell, are you doing 'something' you shouldn't writing your posts?? You're making NO sense mate.
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NO........... still not quite lucid and coherent. How about a little lie down and try again later?