According to the USDA, an unusual case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), better known as “mad cow” disease, was detected in a beef cow approximately five years old or older at a South Carolina slaughterhouse in Tennessee.
“This animal never entered slaughter carcasses and at no time did it pose a risk to the food supply or human health in the United States,” the USDA said. (Report: Where did the “mad cow” disease come from?)
Given the negligible risk status of the US for BSE, no commercial impact is expected as a result of this finding. The USDA stated that the animal never entered slaughter carcasses and that the agency did not expect any commercial impact as a result.
The atypical variant occurs sporadically in older cattle, while the classic form is spread when farmers feed meat and bone meal from infected animals to their herds. The classical form poses a greater danger to humans.
This was the seventh BSE detection in the US since 2003 and all but one have been unusual. Previous cases of BSE in countries including the US, Canada, Israel, Europe and Japan have caused global trade disruption and billions of dollars in losses.
South Korea has responded to the “mad cow” case in the US.
Following an outbreak of mad cow disease in the United States, Korean quarantine officials have increased the level of their quarantine measures, according to Business Korea. (Read: Mad Cow, a problem affecting the world meat market)
The Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced on May 21 that it had tightened the quarantine on US beef imports. As an emergency measure, the Korean authorities have increased the inspection fee for this product from 3% to 10% with effect from 22 May. ,
They have also requested epidemiological information from the US government on this unusual BSE outbreak and are considering further action regarding the regulations and the results of the US epidemiological investigation at a meeting of relevant organizations and experts Or not.
Unlike classical BSE, which is caused by consumption of contaminated feed, atypical BSE occurs very rarely and naturally occurs in older cattle, usually when they are eight years old or older, and with no cases of human infection. There are Cows.