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 associated with the dairy where the infected cow lived also is under quarantine, according to the USDA.

One of the offspring of the infected cow tested negative for BSE. Investigators also are looking at the ranch where the infected cow was raised.

Throughout the investigation, the USDA has emphasized the cow was never meant for human consumption and did not pose a threat to the food supply.

Check out the links below for the latest stories.

USDA update

USDA tracks down offspring of mad cow and euthanizes it for testing; no disease detected – The Washington Post

USDA quarantines 2 farms in mad cow investigation – CNN

Feed sources looked at in BSE investigation – All about

Reaction to BSE case in California remains muted – AgAlert

For previous blog posts, check out the links below.

USDA releases new information about confirmed BSE case in California

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

USDA confirms fourth case of “mad cow disease” in the U.S.


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