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The Deadly Disease in Meat That Health Officials Are Ignoring
AlterNet - Tue Jun 24, 2014
When the first US mad cow was found in late 2003, 98 percent of US beef exports evaporated overnight. More »

Photo: Mad cow disease death confirmed in Texas Mad cow disease death confirmed in Texas
CNN - Thu Jun 5, 2014
Mad cow disease has caused a fourth death in the United States, health officials say. More »

Photo: NH patient likely died of rare brain disease NH patient likely died of rare brain disease
Associated Press - Wed Sep 4, 2013
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Public health officials believe one person in New Hampshire has died of a rare, degenerative brain disease, and say there's a remote chance up to 13 others in multiple states were exposed to the fatal illness through surgical equipment. More »

Photo: Mad cow UK study: About 30,000 Britons may carry dormant disease Mad cow UK study: About 30,000 Britons may carry dormant disease
Global Post - Fri May 3, 2013
Health experts say 30,000 Britons - double a prior estimate - likely carry a dormant form of mad cow disease, and that in a high-case scenario up to 1,000 people could die from it. More »

Photo: Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California Dairy Cow, USDA Says Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California Dairy Cow, USDA Says
Huffington Post - Tue Apr 24, 2012
The USDA has confirmed that a case of mad cow disease was found in a California dairy cow. More »

UW Hospital Says It Wasn't Negligent After Treating CJD Patient
WISC-TV - Thu Jul 23, 2009
MADISON, Wisconsin - University of Wisconsin Hospital officials denied on Friday the hospital was negligent in any way regarding the possible transmission of a rare and fatal neurological disease to 53 people. More »

Mad cow disease suspected in Spanish doctor's death
CNN - Sat Mar 28, 2009
A Spanish pathologist who specialized in a human strain of mad cow disease died Saturday, and officials suspect the disease played a role in his death, officials said. More »

Government bans 'downer' cows from food supply
Associated Press - Sat Mar 14, 2009
WASHINGTON - The government on Saturday permanently banned the slaughter of cows too sick or weak to stand on their own, seeking to further minimize the chance that mad cow disease could enter the food supply. More »

Mad cow disease kills mother and son
CNN - Wed Sep 24, 2008
MADRID, Spain - The mother of a Spanish man who died from the human form of mad cow disease has also died from the illness, Spain's Ministry of Health says. More »

Mass. woman diagnosed with rare brain disease
Associated Press - Mon Jul 21, 2008
BOSTON - An elderly woman has been diagnosed with a rare brain disorder, state health officials said Monday. More »

Photo: South Korea Protests US Beef Imports South Korea Protests US Beef Imports
BBC - Sat May 31, 2008
South Korean police have clashed with demonstrators in the capital Seoul during protests over government plans to resume US beef imports. More »

Lawsuit targets USDA loophole on 'downer' cows
Associated Press - Wed Mar 5, 2008
Los Angeles - The Humane Society sued the federal government Wednesday over what it said is a legal loophole that allows sick or crippled cattle, called "downers," into the food supply. More »

USDA Rejects 'Downer' Cow Ban
Washington Post - Thu Feb 28, 2008
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer told Congress yesterday that he would not endorse an outright ban on "downer" cows entering the food supply or back stiffer penalties for regulatory violations by meat-processing plants in the wake of the largest beef recall in the nation's history. More »

Photo: New Case of Mad Cow Reported in Canada New Case of Mad Cow Reported in Canada
Associated Press - Tue Feb 26, 2008
OTTAWA - Canadian officials confirmed a new case of mad cow disease Tuesday, the second such case in two months and the 12th since the disease was first discovered in Canada in 2003. More »

Inspectors say meat safety is threatened
Associated Press - Wed Feb 20, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Sometimes, government inspectors responsible for examining slaughterhouse cattle for mad cow disease and other ills are so short-staffed that they find themselves peering down from catwalks at hundreds of animals at once, looking for such telltale signs as droopy ears, stumbling gait and facial paralysis. More »

A sickening spectacle
USA Today - Mon Feb 18, 2008
Where's the beef? That catch phrase this week is giving way to a more troubling question: What's in the beef? A mind-boggling 143 million pounds of frozen meat was recalled by the government Sunday from a California slaughterhouse, the largest recall in US history. More »

Beef industry responds to secret video
Associated Press - Sun Feb 17, 2008
DENVER - Despite a secretly taped video showing workers at a Southern California slaughterhouse abusing sick or crippled animals, nearly all cattle bound for American dinner tables are treated humanely, a cattle industry spokesman said Monday. More »

USDA makes nation's largest beef recall
Associated Press - Sat Feb 16, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The US Department of Agriculture on Sunday ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse, the subject of an animal-abuse investigation, that provided meat to school lunch programs. More »

Mad Cow: Schools stop use of beef from slaughterhouse under investigation
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Mon Feb 11, 2008
Georgia schools have put on hold 178,000 pounds of beef that came from a California slaughterhouse under federal investigation for allegations that it processed cattle at higher risk of mad cow disease. More »

Scientist preducts future mad-cow epidemic
UPI - Sat Nov 10, 2007
LONDON - A British scientist predicts thousands of future deaths from mad cow disease caused by contaminated beef eaten between 1980 and 1986. More »

South Korea suspends US beef imports again over banned bones
Associated Press - Wed Aug 1, 2007
SEOUL - South Korea has again suspended US beef imports after inspectors discovered banned bones in a recent shipment, officials said Thursday. More »

Bovine gelatin spray "used to extend meat shelf life"
Food Quality News - Tue Jul 31, 2007
Sheryl Barringer and a researcher team at Ohio State University conducted the study by spraying a 20 per cent bovine gelatin solution onto beef tenderloins, pork loins, salmon fillets, and chicken breasts. More »

Photo: Mad Cow USA - The Coverup Continues in Washington Mad Cow USA - The Coverup Continues in Washington
Associated Press - Mon May 28, 2007
The Associated Press notes that the Bush administration "will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease. More »

Happy Doomsday to You!
Washington Post - Thu Mar 23, 2006
Washington was about one horseman short of an apocalypse yesterday. More »

Calf from Alabama 'mad cow' being tested
CNN - Thu Mar 16, 2006
One of at least two calves born to an Alabama cow with mad cow disease will be tested for evidence of the fatal, brain-wasting disease, the state's agriculture commissioner said Friday. More »

Sheep Can Pass BSE to their Lambs
New Scientist - Thu Aug 18, 2005
BSE has been shown to spread naturally between sheep for the first time. More »

Photo: 'Mad Cow' Disease Found in Goat 'Mad Cow' Disease Found in Goat
BBC - Thu Jan 27, 2005
A French goat has tested positive for mad cow disease - the first animal in the world other than a cow to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). More »

The Madness of Our Mad Cow Policy
Jim Hightower, AlterNet - Tue Mar 9, 2004
Two-thirds of infected cows couldn't be tracked and presumably had ended up in our lunches and dinners. More »

Mad Cow Beef Recall 4 Times Larger Than Reported
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Wed Mar 3, 2004
The amount of meat subject to recall from the nation's first case of mad cow disease was nearly four times larger than previously reported and as much as 17,000 pounds may have been eaten, the U. More »

Government ends search for more mad cows
Associated Press - Mon Feb 9, 2004
WASHINGTON - The Agriculture Department is ending its search for additional cases of mad cow disease even though officials have not found several animals suspected of having eaten the potentially infectious feed believed to have caused the only known U. More »

Bush Administration Nixes Wider Mad Cow Testing
WFIE-TV - Fri Jan 30, 2004
The Bush Administration says it has no plans to expand testing of cattle for mad cow disease, citing -- in the words of unnamed administration officials -- the "gargantuan" cost of testing the 35 million cattle slaughtered each year in the United States, the McClatchy newspaper chain reports. More »

A Worker from the Mad Cow Meat Plant Speaks Out - Mon Jan 19, 2004
My name is Dave and I work at Vern's Moses Lake Meats. More »

Culture of indifference leaves America open to BSE
The Guardian UK - Sun Jan 11, 2004
When the first case of mad cow disease was diagnosed in America a caustic joke began the rounds of the vets and food inspectors who monitor safety standards at the meat packing plants - It was no surprise, it went, that a sick animal had been brought to the slaughter, but it was absolutely shocking that the discovery had ever become public. More »

South Florida woman has mad cow disease
NBC6 - Tue Jan 6, 2004
MIAMI - As the federal government continues to assure Americans that there is little risk of mad cow disease spreading to humans after an infected cow was found in Washington state, a South Florida family knows first-hand how devastating the disease can be. More »

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