Facts You Must Know

 1.The cow detected on April 24th with BSE never entered the food supply.

2. You cannot contract the human form of BSE from eating meat such as steaks and roasts.

3. The current case of BSE is Atypical, meaning it is sporadic and NOT from the cow eating contaminated feed.

4. Atypical BSE cannot be transferred from animal to animal, so the cows herd mates are not at risk.

5. BSE is only found in central nervous tissue and not in the actual meat of the animal.

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What is “Mad Cow” disease?

Atypical BSE

General Information is an information resource produced by The Beef Checkoff Program on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, commonly referred to as "mad cow disease") and several other rare neurological disorders known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE).  


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Scientific Resources

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Consumer Information

Consumer information on Mad Cow, BSELeading scientific experts agree steps taken by the government and industry in the last 20 years ensure U.S. cattle health and human food safety from “mad cow disease.” Learn more about this important safety system by reading the BSE basics and answers to your questions. Also, know where to go for additional information.

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