I’m Back: First Case of Mad Cow in the U.S. in Six Years

BullReports Elizabeth Campbell in the Washington Post:

The first time mad cow disease appeared in the U.S., beef exports plunged 82 percent. More than six years later, the discovery of an infected dairy cow in California may do little to prevent shipments from surging to a record for a second straight year.

U.S. beef sales to buyers including Mexico, China and Japan will jump 6 percent to 1.34 million metric tons in 2012, exceeding last year’s record, which the government valued at $4.7 billion, said Global AgriTrends, a Denver-based researcher that advises meat companies, investment banks and hedge funds. The company affirmed its forecast after the U.S. reported its fourth case of mad cow since 2003 and first since 2006.

Detection of the tainted carcass before it entered the human food chain should bolster confidence that U.S. meat is safe, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization said yesterday, as cattle prices rebounded in Chicago. Canada, Mexico, Japan and South Korea, the four biggest buyers of U.S. beef, said they won’t halt purchases, bolstering prospects for agricultural exports that are a foundation of President Barack Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. sales overseas by 2015.

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  • Okarin

    socially people don’t care unless there’s a face they can put to it, unless they’re personally affected by it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1709700199 Meladiction Hour

    It’s a dairy cow.

    • Calypso_1

      Yes, but spent dairy cows are used for…meat.

  • JoiquimCouteau

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/596777/posts
    “infectious diseases” like Polio and BSE are reminders that the neurotoxins that humans have long dispersed indiscriminately as ‘pesticides’ do not limit their effects to the ‘pests’ originally targeted. 
    I predict that just like in polio, once organophosphates are removed from use on dairy cows, (as DDT ceased to be used on food crops in the early 1950s) there will emerge a ‘BSE vaccine’ that will be given credit for the subsequent decrease in spongiform encephalopathy.