Mad Cow and Food Safety

The first case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as Mad Cow Disease, has been confirmed in a dairy cow in central California. The announcement has created a flurry of worry and questions from consumers on the safety of the country’s milk and beef supply.

No need to fear milk lovers, the system put in place to detect this and other diseases carried by livestock, worked and the animal that tested positive did not enter the food system.  Milk cannot transmit BSE to humans and the animal was not slaughtered for beef consumption.

The world’s leading scientist, medical professionals and government officials agree that BSE is not a public or animal health risk in the U.S.  Studies have shown that food safety measures in place reduce the already slim risk of humans being exposed to BSE. In fact, the systems have dramatically reduced the occurrence of BSE world-wide.

If you would like additional information on BSE or to learn more about the disease, please go straight to the experts at

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