USDA: New Case Of Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it has confirmed a case of Mad Cow disease in a cow in central California. It is the fourth case found in the country in recent years.
The animal was a dairy cow and "at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health," USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford said in a statement.
The cow, which will be destroyed, tested positive for "atypical" bovine spongiform encephalopathy, which is "a very rare form of the disease not generally associated with an animal consuming infected feed."
In the statement, Clifford said the finding should not affect U.S. trade.