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Statement by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Regarding a Detection of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States
"The beef and dairy in the American food supply is safe and USDA remains confident in the health of U.S. cattle. The systems and safeguards in place to protect animal and human health worked as planned to identify this case quickly, and will ensure that it presents no risk to the food supply or to human health. USDA has no reason to believe that any other U.S. animals are currently affected, but we will remain vigilant and committed to the safeguards in place."
Please visit www.USDA.gov/BSE to learn more about BSE and to find updates as USDA continues to investigate this incident and share information as it becomes available. Video of an interview with USDA's Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford on the BSE case is available HERE.
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