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From: TSS ()
Subject: U.S. has first native BSE case TSS TEXAS COW, WHERE IS IT FROM? PLEASE HELP LOCATE?
Date: August 1, 2005 at 7:12 pm PST

U.S. has first native BSE case
Aug 01 '05

A 12-year-old, Brahma-cross cow from a commercial operation in Texas is the first domestic case of BSE in the U.S., USDA said June 24. The downer cow spent its whole life in Texas and was discovered at a pet food plant in Waco. USDA won't name the source herd or its location in Texas. John Clifford, Chief Veterinarian for USDA, stressed the animal didn't enter either the human or animal food chain.

The Houston Chronicle reported the positive animal was from Southeast Texas. That's what USDA told Benjy Bauer, owner of Waco-based Champion Pet Foods, which took delivery of the animal, Bauer said.

“That's all they would say, and believe me, I've asked them several times. I want to know, too,” Bauer told the Chronicle . He said a livestock hauler brought in the cow, which was dead on arrival at Champion and no part of the animal made it into the company's products.

The now-confirmed, BSE-positive animal is among more than 400,000 animals tested for BSE since USDA initiated its enhanced surveillance program. Tissue from the cow and two other animals tested “inconclusive” in a quick test performed last November and were ......

http://www.keepmedia.com/pubs/BEEF/2005/08/01/952106?extID=10026

i think it is very disturbing that the USDA et al has chosen to keep the locations of these positive mad cows secret. i am sure there is some sort of investigation on feeding habits to neighboring cattle etc, county wide, but to try and secretly do this, in my opinion, is counter productive. lay it on the table, let everyone know where it is, then go from there. this big brother secrecy is nothing more than BSeee. it would be nice if someone would come forward and if not go public, at least let someone know where this cow is from, like they did the last time. where was the second texas mad cow from and where is this 3rd suspect cow from? someone out there knows, and someone could even tell me and i would keep the source of the data confidential. the feeding habit of the second texas mad cow is very important for everyone to know. where did this feed come from, how much was out there and where did it go. this should all be in the public domain...

kind regards,

terry




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