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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.

Monday, October 20, 2008
Delay to End of 48-month Limit Could Cost Millions
WALES, UK - The Farmers Union of Wales has reacted angrily to the decision by the Food Standards Agency to await a further report before raising the cattle BSE testing limit to 48 months....
USMEF: Fallacy of Overreliance on Testing
US - An overreliance on meaningless testing and a lack of focus on documenting the effectiveness of steps that are making significant inroads against Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) are hindering a hungry world’s access to protein, driving up...
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Proposals to Reduce BSE Testing of Cattle
UK - The Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC) has been estimating the impact to human health of actioning proposals to reduce BSE testing of cattle slaughtered for food. This will be discussed at the FSA Board meeting today. ...
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
EU Raises BSE Cattle Testing Age to 48 Months
UK - EU animal health experts have raised the minimum age for testing cattle for mad cow disease in the EU's 15 'older' countries to 48 months, given fewer cases of the brain-wasting virus, the EU executive said on Tuesday. ...
Monday, October 13, 2008
Will Britain Back Relaxed EU ‘Mad Cow’ Testing Rules?
UK - Tough controls on beef that protect consumers from the human form of “mad cow” disease may be relaxed in Britain and across the Continent. ...
Friday, October 10, 2008
Nanotechnology Detects Prions in Cattle
US - With funding from USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service National Research Initiative, scientists in New York created a new device that may provide a faster, easier, and more reliable way to test for mad cow disease,...
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Transitional Funding For Fallen Stock
UK - Transitional funding will be made available to farmers for a year to help meet the costs of collection and disposal of cattle requiring BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) testing. ...
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Defra Announces Changes to TSEs Testing
UK - The number of cases of BSE and scrapie, included in a family of brain diseases called Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs), in Great Britain has continued to fall. ...
Monday, September 29, 2008
More to Prion Protein than Mad Cow Disease?
UK - Prion protein, a form of protein that triggers BSE, is associated with other brain diseases in cattle, raising the possibility of a significant increase in the range of prion disease....
Monday, September 22, 2008
Proposal to Raise BSE Testing Age Welcomed
UK - The EU Commission decision to raise the BSE testing age for all cattle to 48 months from the current 30 months, has been welcomed by the Ulster Farmers’ Union. ...
Friday, September 19, 2008
Update on the EU BSE Situation in 2007
EU - BSE cases in cattle in most EU Member States (MS) almost halved again in 2007 and no new cases were registered in 14 of the 27 MS. Hence, the EC updated its work program for the TSE Roadmap in November of 2007. ...
Monday, September 15, 2008
Genetic Mutation at Root of Mad Cow Disease
MANHATTAN, US - New findings about the causes of mad cow disease show that sometimes it may be genetic....
Friday, September 12, 2008
Court Rules on Use of BSE Test Kit
US - The USDA and Creekstone Farms Premium Beef of Arkansas City, Kansas, have been engaged in ongoing litigation regarding Creekstone's desire to test its own cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy....
Monday, September 08, 2008
Mad-cow Class Action Gets Judge's Clearance
US - A $10-billion class action lawsuit targeting the federal government for economic losses caused by a devastating outbreak of mad-cow disease in 2003 has been given a green light to proceed....
Discovery Holds Promise of Live BSE Tests
CANADA - Scientists at the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) have made a discovery that could lead to the ability to perform accurate diagnostic tests on live animals for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) as...
Friday, September 05, 2008
Economic Impact of BSE Responses and Regulations
US - A new report has been released which examines the economic impacts of feed-related regulatory responses to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)....
Thursday, September 04, 2008
A Sane Ruling on Mad Cow Testing
US - A Court of Appeals ruling that bars a Kansas meatpacker from testing all its animals for mad cow disease - an expensive step major meatpackers resist - sounds like yet another industry victory that sacrifices the public interest to private interests....
Friday, August 29, 2008
Brazil's Cross-Border Plan to Eradicate Foot-and-mouth
BRAZIL - Despite being locked out of 56 per cent of the world’s beef importing counties because of foot-and-mouth disease – including the lucrative markets of South Korea and Japan – Brazil still accounts for 32 per cent of the world’s beef export....
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Spain Probes Possible Fourth Human Case of Mad Cow Disease
MADRID - Spanish health authorities said Wednesday they were looking into the possibility that a woman who died last week at a hospital in Leon suffered from the human variant of mad cow disease....
NFSCo Prepared to Take on BSE-testing
UK - The National Fallen Stock Company (NFSCo) has told Defra it is willing to take over the job of collecting fallen cattle for BSE testing – but only if the Department contributes towards the cost....
Monday, August 18, 2008
BSE in Alberta
ALBERTA, CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a six-year-old beef cow from Alberta. No part of the animal’s carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems. ...
Friday, July 25, 2008
EFSA Publishes Opinions on BSE Tests
EU - The Biological Hazards Panel (BIOHAZ) of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published two opinions on the monitoring of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle in the first 15 countries to join the European Union....
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Raising BSE Age Limit a Step Closer
EU - EU scientists have acknowledged that raising the age limit on cattle for BSE testing would have a negligible effect on public health, opening the door for a change in legislation....
Friday, July 18, 2008
$7 Billion Mad Cow Scare Suit Against Canada
CANADA - A $7 billion lawsuit by cattle farmers against the Canadian government and a cattle feed firm for allegedly causing a mad cow disease infection has gotten the Supreme Court's go-signal to proceed....
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Alberta to End BSE Testing of Elderly Cows
US - Alberta expects to test half as many cattle for mad cow disease under a new surveillance program that stops targeting the most elderly bovines, and ones without proper documentation....
Monday, July 14, 2008
Local Japanese Agencies Continue BSE Testing Alone
JAPAN - All 77 of the nation's meat inspection stations plan to continue testing domestically slaughtered cattle aged 20 months or younger for mad cow disease after central government subsidies for the testing end in August, it was learned Friday. ...
Friday, July 11, 2008
US Announces Funding for BSE Prevention Programmes
US - The Food and Drug Administration is announcing the availability of cooperative agreements funding to further enhance the infrastructure of State, territorial, and tribal animal feed safety and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) prevention programs....
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Govt Slaps Restriction on Meat Import
BANGLADESH - The government has imposed restrictions on the import of meat as a precautionary measure amid global concerns of mad-cow disease outbreak, officials concerned said yesterday....
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