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From: TSS ()
Date: March 14, 2006 at 11:39 am PST

March 13, 2006 - Second BSE Results Show Positive, Cow on Alabama Farm
MONTGOMERY – Agriculture & Industries Commissioner Ron Sparks has confirmed that a second test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is positive. The cow was a downed animal and did not enter the human or animal food supply. The samples were taken from a cow that was on an Alabama farm within the last year.

March 13, 2006 - Second BSE Results Show Positive, Cow on Alabama Farm

Videos from yesterdays BSE news conference:
BSeee, BEEF IS SAFE PR at it's finest.
NO more animals are at risk on this farm?
COW was 10 years old, and in Alabama for
less than a year? was it ever in TEXAS and
did it feed from TEXAS? mama cow. only
transmitted through spinal cord and brain,
firewalls in place and working. cannot be passed
on to other cattle, and be very clear, IS NOT IN
TYPE FOOD. she was a DOWNER. it is not a
contagious disease, no way any of the other animals
can contact this disease. absolutely as safe today
as it is tomorrow. nvCJD bull sh!t, and cjd in the
USA is different. safe, safe, safe, safe, safe i bet this
guy says it 20 times. lets compliment the cattleman,
this guy, that guy, enhanced surveillance is working
all the time (he does not have a clue), call in, more
pats on the back. (this is the biggest hoot i have heard
in a while, you must listen, safe, safe, safe). we been
talking about bse in Alabama for a few years, and i have to
be honest, i feel good about finding it, firewalls in place.
not under quarantine, but no animals will go or come for now.
not contagious. muscle tissue is safe again. cow is not
shedding any organism that is dangerous to other cows.
somebody in background whispering answers to commissioner
sparks. Alabama food supply is safe. safe safe safe. animals
cannot eat materials that they ate in 1997.............huh?????
again, safe, safe, safe. (holy mad cow, these folks are oblivious)
Canada has same feed ban, safe, safe, safe (commissioner is
more whispers and answers, he is oblivious). we will possibly
give the location of the farm later. for the security of the farmer, we
will not release that information now. consumers by 93% in food supply,
they vote with there pocket book (it's time the consumer showed
them finally just what that is all about, show them we demand safer
beef, TEST ALL CATTLE...TSS). another person speaking about the
firewalls, and no risk to human health. random testing, why would i
test you for flu, if bse is not contagious. clear message. transmission
of cow to cow is not possible. speaker confuses himself on program
and has to get someone else, he is not sure either, but insists brain
and spinal is not going into feed chain. there is a testing for normal
animals, we tested 20,000. (WHOOPY...tss)

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“I was very concerned to find out that the samples that tested positive for BSE were from a cow in Alabama, but this is exactly the reason that we emphasis the importance of BSE surveillance,” said Sparks. “The cow was tested as part of the enhanced BSE surveillance program that has been in place in Alabama,” said Sparks. “Even cows brought in from other states get tested for BSE before they would have a chance to be sold as food. I cannot stress enough how important this testing is to protect consumers. Also, having the Premises ID program in place in Alabama means we are able to trace the origin of a diseased animal. The cattle producers of Alabama understand the need for these precautions as well and we will continue to work together closely to protect consumers.”

The cow had been purchased by an Alabama producer and was examined and treated by a local veterinarian. After failing to respond to medication, the cow was humanely euthanized by the veterinarian and a routine sample was collected to test for BSE. Following an inconclusive test result from a rapid BSE test, the samples were tested at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, . The Western blot test produced a positive result. A third test, the immunohistochemistry test, is in progress and will be completed later this week. BSE is not a contagious disease that spreads animal to animal, or animal to human. BSE spreads in cattle through feed containing meat and bone meal derived from BSE infected cattle. The United States banned the use of such protein supplements in cattle feed since 1997. Commissioner Sparks stresses that beef consumption in this country is safe and there are measures in place to see that they continue. For example, downer animals are not allowed to enter commerce for human consumption and there is a ban on feeding ruminant derived protein to cattle.


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