New BSE rule addresses imports

A new rule regarding beef imports and mad cow disease are set to go into effect in March.

The revised rule, which was published in the Federal Register in December, will bring the U.S.’s standards for importing certain products more in agreement with the World Organization for Animal Health’s (OIE) standards. OIE establishes international guidelines […]

Atypical BSE case found in Germany

Germany has reported its first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, since 2009.

The 10-year-old cow showed no clinical signs of the neurological disease, but was tested for BSE because of its age . Its carcass was destroyed and it did not enter the food chain, according to an alert from […]

U.S. BSE status changed to “negligible”

The U.S. recently achieved an important distinction in regard to its mad cow disease status.

At its annual meeting, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) voted to recognize the U.S. as having “negligible risk” for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow). Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and Slovenia also received the same distinction.


FDA reopens comment period on BSE rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is once again taking comments on a rule governing which cow parts can be used in human food and cosmetics, following recent research on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow).

The rule, called “use of materials derived from cattle in human food and cosmetics”, aims to protect […]

U.S. may be upgraded to “negligible” risk status for BSE

The United States soon could be moved to a “negligible” status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow) – a lower status than the current level of “controlled”.

The move comes after the U.S. submitted an application to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) last year seeking the change from “controlled” to “negligible,” […]

Two farms quarantined, offspring of BSE infected cow tested

Federal investigators have quarantined two farms associated with a dairy cow that presented the U.S.’ fourth confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow disease) last week.

The central California farm where the nearly 11 year old dairy cow lived has been quarantined since the confirmation of BSE on April 24. Another farm […]

USDA releases new information about confirmed BSE case in California

A dairy cow that tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, also known as mad cow disease) earlier this week was euthanized after it developed lameness, according to the USDA.

In a statement released yesterday, the agency gave further details about the cow and the circumstances surrounding the positive BSE test.

Here are the latest […]

Investigators search for additional cases of BSE, USDA reaffirms safety of food supply

State and federal officials have increased testing in the central California area where the U.S.’ fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was confirmed earlier this week.

The infected dairy cow’s herd and others in the area are undergoing testing for the disease, also known as mad cow, including the animal’s offspring and cattle that […]

Facial recognition technology might help monitor animal moods

It’s 2019 and science hasn’t even figured out how to talk to animals yet. What gives?

Fortunately, dedicated and resourceful researchers around the world have greatly improved our understanding of animal behavior, to the point where we can often figure out what our pets and livestock are expressing, even if they can’t talk to us.


Science: Cheese tastes stronger when injected with hip-hop

Expectant mothers often put headphones on their bellies for their babies to listen to as they develop, but it’s a little less common to see cheesemakers doing the same with their wheels of Brie and Camembert.

Nothing wrong with seeing what would happen if they did, said one team of Swiss researchers. The scientists placed […]