July 18, 2017
By Jeff Helms
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today an isolated case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a neurologic disease of cattle, in an 11-year-old cow in Alabama.
BSE in this animal is atypical — meaning it’s a spontaneous occurrence and unconnected to other animals or management practices.
“Families and shoppers can have confidence the beef supply is safe,” said Alabama Farmers Federation Beef Director Nate Jaeger. “The affected animal at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the U.S. The diagnosis is confirmation of the effectiveness and efficiency of surveillance and testing programs in Alabama and the U.S.”
For more information and questions about BSE follow the links below or contact Alabama State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Frazier at Info.StateVet@agi.alabama.gov or by phone at 334-240-7274.
Read the APHIS Stakeholder Announcement.
Read the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries news release.