Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New Cases of BSE in US Raises Questions About Testing

A third confirmed case of mad cow disease in the US points out the difficulty of preventing, and even detecting, these cases under the current voluntary testing system. This testing method also makes it more troublesome to convince meat markets overseas that American beef is safe given that there is no guarantee that the beef exported is BSE free. Since this case has been confirmed, the US Department of Agriculture has been trying to track down the cow in question's herd of origin and offspring, pointing out flaws in the current testing system because this information is necessary in determining risk to the population. There is currently a fight to create a mandatory system so that there are no doubts about the safety of US beef and therefore stopping the bans on US meats when these isolated cases are identified.

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