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USA: BSE DISCOVERED IN FLORIDA

The USDA confirmed a cow in Florida was found to be infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), more commonly known as mad cow disease. The cow was not slaughtered for human consumption and no meat from it entered the human food supply, Agri-Pulse reported. It is the first detection of the disease in the US since July last year, when BSE was found in a 11yr-old cow in Alabama, and the sixth confirmed BSE case in the US. The first, in 2003, was in a cow born in Canada. US officials have described it as a rare “atypical” type of BSE that is believed to develop randomly in cows.