WASHINGTON, DC, August
4, 2005 (ENS): Test results came out negative in a cow
suspected of having mad cow disease, formally known as bovine spongiform
encephalopathy, or BSE, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
In a statement Wednesday, John Clifford, deputy administrator of
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said the negative
results came from both the department's own laboratory in Iowa and
an internationally recognized laboratory in England.
"The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary
Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, has determined that the non-definitive
test result reported on July 27 is negative for BSE," Clifford
said. "Tests conducted by the Veterinary Laboratories Agency
in Weybridge, England, are also negative for BSE."
“Needless to say, we are very pleased with these results,"
Clifford said. "I do want to emphasize that the most important
protections for human and animal health are our interlocking food-safety
protocols. Our enhanced surveillance program is designed to provide
information about the level of prevalence of BSE in the United States,
which by any measure is extremely low."
Two confirmed cases of BSE have been discovered in the United States,
one a Canadian-born cow in Washington state in 2003 and the other
a cow in Texas in June 2005.
Prompting the two tests in the third suspected case were ambiguous
results from an initial test for immunohistochemistry. Clifford
said the department simply took "the prudent course" by
having the additional tests conducted.
The tested cow died in April after giving birth, but USDA has not
disclosed the location of the farm where the cow died. No test exists
to check for BSE in live animals.
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