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NEWS: USDA Announces a New Case of Mad-Cow Disease

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posted on Jun, 11 2005 @ 10:43 AM
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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said Friday it is checking a possible new case of mad cow disease. The possible new case, in a beef cow, is one of the three suspected animals that had previously tested negative for mad cow disease. They were tested again with a different technology at the request of the USDA's Inspector General who was reviewing the department's mad cow testing program. The results showed one animal tested positive.
 



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A cow has tested positive for mad-cow disease in the United States, agriculture officials announced.

Further tests are planned to confirm the diagnosis because the animal had previously tested disease-free, Doctor John Clifford of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.

"Because of the conflicting results... a sample from the animal will be sent to the ... reference laboratory for BSE in Weybridge, England," he said . USDA will also be conducting further testing, which will take several days to complete," Clifford said in a statement.

A confirmation would bring to two the number of known cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States, where a diseased animal was discovered in the northwestern state of Washington in 2003.



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This really bothers me that the animal tested negative a while back and now it tests positive. That to me indicates the new tests are not as good as they assumed they would be, so they will now need to take another look at them.

I for one think there is only one way to make sure our meat is safe, that is to implement 100 percent testing of all cows and perhaps all animals that enter the food chain, since it is now believed that other animals also carry variants of BSE.


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posted on Jun, 11 2005 @ 01:38 PM
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Or it could mean the old tests were no good at all.
Bet you more cases show up.



posted on Jun, 11 2005 @ 06:23 PM
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just watch soon they will start blaming canada for it somehow


[edit on 11-6-2005 by trust_no_one]



posted on Jun, 11 2005 @ 06:46 PM
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Originally posted by trust_no_one
just watch soon they will start blaming canada for it somehow


[edit on 11-6-2005 by trust_no_one]


I would not lay the blame on any country. The blame should goe to the meat industry as a whole. They are the ones that are trying to make cows grow faster, which could be the reason for mad cow.

Mankind should not fool with mother nature


She gets mad



posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 02:56 AM
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Originally posted by shots
I would not lay the blame on any country.


Maybe not you, but I would put money on it that someone will blame Canada for this case too...

and this goes out to all the denyers out there

I TOLD YOU SO!


When is the Beef Industry gonna wake up and figure out that feeding cows to cows is not cool, its a very dangerous practice that WILL start an epidemic sooner or later as not every cow is tested. Something like 1 in 1400 cows are tested in the USA and 1 in 700 cows in Canada. That is NOT acceptable. Either they test every single cow or they change their practices. Gov't may need to get involved even more now...

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posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 12:30 PM
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Originally posted by sardion2000
I TOLD YOU SO!


When is the Beef Industry gonna wake up and figure out that feeding cows to cows is not cool, its a very dangerous practice that WILL start an epidemic sooner or later as not every cow is tested. Something like 1 in 1400 cows are tested in the USA and 1 in 700 cows in Canada. That is NOT acceptable. Either they test every single cow or they change their practices. Gov't may need to get involved even more now...

[edit on 12-6-2005 by sardion2000]


That is no longer the case they do not feed cow by-products to cows in both the US and Canada, that practice has stopped.

I agree with changing the practices and always have feeding a cow a diet based on what a computer says is wrong as far as I am concerned. I too agree with the need for 100 percent testing. I say let they grow the way mother nature intended. That would be using a organic diet that the cows want.


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posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 12:48 PM
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The Coming Disaster

The only reason the United States has not seen large outbreaks of Mad Cow Disease is because the cattle population is not allowed to mature. Most cattle live on average five years, plus or minus a few, and then they are slaughtered. The few Mad Cow cases that we have seen are in dairy cattle. Dairy cattle live a long time, they are not slaughtered thus gives the disease time to manifest itself and reveal its symptoms. So basically cattle may be infected with Mad Cow Disease but we eat them before we find out. Widespread panic keeps the USDA from revealing the truth to America. They know it may be there and not showing itself. The beef industry would go right down the drain if the world discovered this. Most countries wont even buy our beef now. That should say something right there. It’s scary!



posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 01:38 PM
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Time for Canada to close it's borders to US beef and see how you like it. We have had less cases of Mad Cow than the US and yet you still close your borders to our beef costing us over $6 billion/year.

Time for some payback.



posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 04:55 PM
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Originally posted by DEEZNUTZ
Time for Canada to close it's borders to US beef and see how you like it. We have had less cases of Mad Cow than the US and yet you still close your borders to our beef costing us over $6 billion/year.

Time for some payback.


This is a world wide problem and not limited to the US and Canada
so lets keep this on track ok.

In a new development Both France and Portucal have reported new cases of the human form of mad-cow disease.




France, Portugal report mad cow cases
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June 12, 2005
PARIS: Portugal on Friday announced its first suspected case of the human form of mad-cow disease while France said it had identified its 13th case of the degenerative brain ailment.

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is a human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), caused by a rogue protein that proliferates in the brain, turning it spongey.

A total of 177 people have died or been diagnosed with the fatal condition, according to a toll compiled by AFP from official figures.

France, Portugal report mad cow cases







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posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 05:05 PM
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Its the US government for cruds sake.

You expect uncorrupted competency?

Get Real.
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posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 05:09 PM
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Here is an interesting piece on the USDA.
This is scary.

Friedlander said he knows U.S. Agriculture Department veterinarians who sent suspect cow brains to private laboratories that confirmed mad cow infection, but samples from the same animals were cleared by government labs.



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posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 07:42 PM
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Originally posted by valkeryie
Here is an interesting piece on the USDA.
This is scary.

Friedlander said he knows U.S. Agriculture Department veterinarians who sent suspect cow brains to private laboratories that confirmed mad cow infection, but samples from the same animals were cleared by government labs.


Well that certainly is a possibiltiy, but the question is can he prove it? Just because he believes it took place does not mean it took place.

Anyone can pass a lie detector if they believe what they are saying is true.

For example if someone tells me they covered up a test and I believe it, then in my mind it is true, but in reality it will not make it true if the person who told me the story at first was lying.

I agree there could very well be some sort of cover-up going on, but we will not know until it is proven will we?



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