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Mad Cow Disease Found in California

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture a dairy cow with Mad Cow disease has been discovered in the Central Valley of California.  Capital Public Radio has confirmed the Baker Commodities' rendering plant ini Hanford discovered the infected cow.

According tto he USDA, the cow had a rare form of the disease, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or BSE. 

This form of the disease is not associated with infected feed, which makes it different from the tens of thousands of cases that were found in England in the 1980's and 90s. 

The department says neither the dairy nor meat supply was threatened in this case.    The disease cannot be transmitted through milk and the cow was not at the rendering plant to be slaughtered for human consumption.  

It is has not been revealed where the cow had been before it was taken to the plant. 

The Department of Agriculture's Chief Veterinary Officer is promising a full investigation. 

Last year there were 29 cases of Mad Cow found worldwide, compared to 37,000 during the disease's peak 20 years ago.

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