The three Canadian animals that have tested positive for mad cow disease, as well as the Washington state animal, were all found to have been born prior to the feed ban. If an animal born after the feed ban tests positive, the effectiveness of the ban could be called into question.
Canadian officials have found a third animal infected with mad cow disease -- an almost 7-year-old beef cow with no known connection to the other infected cattle.
The cow was born after Canada banned the use of cattle feed that includes animal parts to try to keep the deadly infection from spreading.
The latest animal was the youngest found in North America so far -- 6 years, 9 months old when it was slaughtered. It also is the first North American case found in a beef cow rather than a dairy cow.
TimH said:This is not good for anybody in the cattle business, anywhere.Regardless of the results of the tests at the British lab ,in Weybridge, further damage is being done as we speak. I just turned the TV on and CNN is running that same old ridiculous footage of a Holstein cow stumbling around on a concrete floor.
With any luck the media's short attention span will be diverted away from over-sensationalizing this. A verdict in the Michael Jackson trial might do it.
PORKER said:Cattlemen's Beef Association said it was not unusual to have conflicting test results for BSE.
"Multiple tests can identify BSE. One commonly used method is the internationally recognized immunohistochemistry test. Another test commonly used is the Western Blot test," said NCBA president Jim McAdams in a statement. "These two types of tests have returned conflicting results on this sample."
HEY guys, are we using the ( Gold Standard BSE test) to not Find BSE or What????????????????????????
Why don't you use the test that WORKS ,Not one that Misses Most!!!!!!
feeder said:What can we believe with our good old USDA? This might help the lawsuit in R-Calfs favor. With all the USDA's screwups some judge might just stop all beef from entering the USA till the USDA can figure what is safe and what isn't. The USDA stopped Creekstone from testing with which we lost our export market, now our Congress postponed COOL, So now McDonalds is looking on their own for source verified beef. Someone help our leaders get their heads out of their *****!!!!!
Mike said:Here's the link to the USDA phone in discussion to reporters.
Looks like we had an IHC tested cow that came back negative, then amplified the samples and tested with the "Prionic's Western Blot" and it came back positive. Obviously, the cow was in the first stages and had some prions that could not be detected using IHC the "Gold Standard" which is not quite as gold as they once believed.
Reader and I have been saying all along that if younger animals were tested using the Western Blot, we would be able to find those "sub-clinical" cases.
The consumer groups who have been threatening to blow the cover of the USDA were RIGHT it seems. This may turn out to be a big black eye for the USDA. Might be one reason Veneman is gone.
It's your turn TAM.