July 20, 2017
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced July 18 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. 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.
Please direct questions to State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Frazier’s office at (334) 240-7253.