The BSE Scare

BSE: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease

BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is a progressive neurological disorder of cattle that results from infection by an unusual transmissible agent called a prion. The nature of the transmissible agent is not well understood. Currently, the most accepted theory is that the agent is a modified form of a normal protein known as prion protein. For reasons that are not yet understood, the normal prion protein changes into a pathogenic (harmful) form that then damages the central nervous system of cattle.

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

In Cattle

CDC: BSE Page

CDC: BSE Search Page

BSEInfo.org

Wikipedia

 

vCJD (Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease)

In Humans

CDC: vCJD Page

 

 

From the information on these pages you will  learn how safe USA Beef is. No one has contracted vCJD from eating USA Beef!

 

The USA has now had 4 reported cases of BSE since 2005. One case was a cow imported from Canada, two were atypical (not normal) form of BSE. One from a very old cow that was considered only possibly BSE infected.

 

 There has been 4 people die in the USA from vCJD all 4 contracted disease outside the USA. - see this link    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/

 
     BSE is contracted through feeding cattle byproducts to cattle. These byproducts include parts of the nervous system. This feed was banned in the USA in 1997 and most was fed to cattle slaughtered before 24 months of age before the ban.

     When countries banned the import of USA beef due to the BSE cases it was not done for purely health safety reasons. It was done in retaliation to US acting protect our cattle industry from importing cattle due to the many more cases these countries had or for economic reasons only.

 
Updated 09-29, 2016
   
   

Country Reporting

Newer List

Country

Cattle Inventory

Cases

United States

102,000,000

3

Canada

14.000,000

17

United Kingdom

11,000,000

183,840

France

20,000,000

900

Spain

6,200,000

412

Germany

14,000,000

312

Japan

4,400,000

26

Italy

7,000,000

138

Belgium

 

133

Denmark

 

14

Portugal

 

875

Ireland

6,600,000

1350

Poland

 

21

Netherlands

4,100,000

85

Switzerland

 

453

No Reported Cases

Some Countries Do Not Share Information

Brazil

187,000,000

 

Australia

29,000,000

 

Argentina

51,000,000

 

India

281,000,000

 

China

139,000,000

 

Mexico

26,000,000

 

Russia

18,500,000

 
     

 

 

 

 

The information in this table has been collected from various sources. Including USDA, FDA,

Wikipedia, FAS-USDA. Not all figures are up to date.