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Susan Allen Beef Inspection System Works
by Susan Allen, click here for bio

Program: Land & Livestock Report
Date: July 20, 2017

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Once again the US Beef inspection system and surveillance program proves to be the best in world. With your Land and Livestock Report I’m Susan Allen. On Tuesday The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced they found an “atypical” case of mad cow disease, or BSE, in an 11-year old cow in Alabama. APHIS said the animal died on it’s own never entering slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the US. Atypical BSE “generally occurs in older cattle, usually 8 years of age or greater and seems to arise rarely and spontaneously in all cattle populations” but at a very low rate. In contrast classical BSE, which is caused by consumption of infected feed, is the type that swept through the United Kingdom in the 1990s. Atypical BSE, will not change the United States’ negligible risk status under World Organization for Animal Health standards, and should not lead to any trade issues. That’s good news so is the fact that when Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg wanted to know where his meat comes he went to the source, visiting a 2500 acre South Dakota cattle ranch owned by the Norman family last week and had an honest conversation about the issues they are facing, like the current drought. Zuckerberg posted his visit along with his fascination of new ag technology On his FB post followed by millions worldwide. .

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