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This page provides a summary list of both recent and past news articles related to BSE in Cattle. To read just the BSE news from a specific country click on that country's flag.

Thursday, January 10, 2008
Postmortem Tests Detect More Mad Cows
UK - ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. have announced that its latest postmortem tests on cattle could vastly improve the sensitivity of detecting BSE by as much as 80-fold....
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Mad Cow Disease 'a Ticking Timebomb'
UK - Fears of a new wave of deaths caused by the human form of mad cow disease have been triggered by a type of variant CJD never seen before. ...
Monday, December 31, 2007
BSE Continues to Alarm Cattle Industry
CANADA - Canada’s 12th indigenous case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is the latest source of alarm for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ...
Thursday, December 20, 2007
New Canadian BSE case reignites US import battle
US - A new case of BSE detected in Canada has sparked renewed calls in the US for tighter import regulations on Canadian beef....
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Pet Food May Lead to Mad Cow
US - Ranchers struggling with high hay costs and burned out ranges are being warned that feeding cattle cheap pet food could cause an outbreak of mad cow disease. ...
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Industry to Pay for BSE Controls
UK - The Government has announced plans to shift a range of costs associated with BSE control on to the industry....
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Glowing Molecule Detects Prion Diseases
SWEDEN - An international team of researchers has developed a method of identifying prion and other defective-protein diseases using a fluorescent molecule that changes colour according to the disease present....
Monday, December 03, 2007
From Mad Cow to Cash Cow
US - Russia's appetite for beef products has grown substantially and gone sharply upscale since it banned U.S. exports four years ago. ...
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Two BSE Untested Heifers Enter Food Chain
UK - Two untested heifers aged over thirty months have entered the food supply without being tested for BSE. However, the Food Standards Agency said as specified risk material (SRM) was removed in both cases it was unlikely that the heifers were infected...
Monday, November 12, 2007
Getting To Grips With The Risk Of Animal Proteins In Feed
EU - It is widely accepted that BSE was most likely spread in cattle because they were given feed that contained BSE-contaminated animal proteins. ...
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Groups Take Canadian Cattle To Court
US - R-CALF USA, along with 10 other plaintiffs, has filed a complaint against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the District Court – District of South Dakota, Northern Division (District Court) in an effort to prevent the agency decision...
Monday, October 29, 2007
Cattle Movement Across Canadian Border Expected to be Slow
US - When the U.S. border opens to Canadian cattle older than 30 months on Nov. 19, the influx of older cattle coming south will be minimal, ranchers in Alberta and Saskatchewan say. ...
Thursday, October 25, 2007
BSE Meat Could Still Be slipping Into Food Chain
EDINBURGH - Mad cow disease may not be caused by rogue proteins – called prions – in the brain as previously believed, they say. The prions show that the animal is infected but researchers fear they may only be symptoms – not the cause of the disease....
Monday, October 22, 2007
Eurofins Genescan Forms Partnership With VLA In UK
UK - Concern for BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) has become a focal point of feed safety throughout the world....
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
NFU to Congress: Reject Rule on Canadian Border
WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union President Tom Buis, in a letter to members of Congress today, urged support for legislation to disapprove the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final rule to expand cattle and beef trade from minimal risk...
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
BSE Measures Law Has Bark But No Bite
JAPAN - Meat from a cow temple, which is banned by law as a specified risk material, is suspected to have been taken out from a meat-processing center in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, but the violators will get off scot-free because the law does not provide...
Friday, October 12, 2007
R-Calf Rallies Against Canadian Cattle
WASHINGTON, D.C. – R-CALF USA recently sent a formal letter to each Member of Congress to ask that they co-sponsor and support Resolutions of Disapproval against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) plan to allow Canadian cattle over-30-months...
Monday, October 08, 2007
Senators Propose Resolution of Disapproval To Minimal Risk Rule For Cattle and Beef
US - Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) introduced a Resolution of Disapproval in the United States Senate that, if passed, would express the U.S. Senate’s dissatisfaction with the USDA’s decision to expand the list of allowable beef and cattle imports from...
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Money Coming To Great Falls Mad Cow Disease Centre
US - The McLaughlin Research Institute has secured some additional funding to be used in researching degenerative brain diseases....
Friday, September 28, 2007
IFA Welcomes EU Proposal to Reduce Cost Of BSE Testing
IRELAND - IFA national Livestock Chairman John Bryan this week welcomed the proposal from the EU Commission to increase the age limit for BSE testing from 30 months to 42 months of age. He said this will remove all prime beef cattle from the €20 per...
Thursday, September 20, 2007
ICSA Calls for Immediate Action to Phase Out BSE Testing
IRELAND - ICSA HAS met Minister Mary Coughlan to demand immediate action to phase out BSE testing. ...
Monday, September 17, 2007
Ritz Comments On USDA Minimal Risk Rule
OTTAWA – The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today issued this statement following the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) release of its final minimal risk rule...
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Irish BSE Butchers Ordered To Stop
IRELAND - FIVE butchers and a supermarket have been ordered to stop selling beef that was found to contain spinal parts that could transmit the fatal BSE infection. ...
Friday, August 17, 2007
Prion Find Brings Insights Into Brain-Wasting
EDMONTON - Researchers have discovered a new prion protein that could bring fresh insights into how brain-wasting disease develops in animals and humans....
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Czech Vets Test 94,000 Cows For BSE, No New Case
PRAGUE - Czech vets have tested 94,000 cows for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) this year and have not found a single infected animal, the State Veterinary Administration told CTK today....
Untested Bullock Enters Food Chain
UK - The Food Standards Agency has been notified that meat from a bullock has entered the food chain without the required BSE test. The 26-months-old bullock had been slaughtered on farm following an injury....
Thursday, August 09, 2007
South Korea's Suspension of US Beef Imports Concerns MCA
US - South Korea’s recent suspension of U.S. beef imports is disturbing news for cattle producers. The concern is not the lost market, but how the Cargill plant could miss such a large piece of BSE specific risk material (SRM) in a box of boneless...
Friday, July 27, 2007
Report Suggests Canada May Be Noncompliant With Minimal Risk Rule
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a formal letter sent today, R-CALF USA has asked Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns to determine if Canada is in violation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Minimal Risk Region Rule (Final Rule) and explain to...
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