4.24.2012 Costa Statement on Reported Case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in California

Washington, DC – Rep. Jim Costa released the following statement in response to reports that Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) had been detected in a Central Valley dairy cow. This is the fourth case of BSE ever in the United States and the first in California. 

 “Earlier today, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reported that a 5 year old dairy cow in the Central Valley had contracted an atypical strand of BSE,” said Costa. “We know that this particular cow was never presented for slaughter so it is not and never was a threat to our beef supply. BSE cannot be transferred through milk so the dairy supply is also still safe for consumption.”

“It is my understanding that USDA is currently on the ground investigating the matter and will continue to inform local, state, and federal officials as additional information becomes available. USDA is working quickly to gather all the facts about this particular case. There is no need for immediate alarm. I remain confident that USDA is doing all in their power to keep our food supply safe for human consumption.”