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FDA Enters the 'Mad Cow' Investigation

MedPageToday, 2012

Department of Agriculture's investigation of a confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy ( BSE) in a California dairy cow.
In a statement, the FDA reiterated the assurances issued Tuesday by the USDA that the infected cow did not enter the U.S.
"The FDA is confident in the effectiveness of the existing animal feed safeguards designed to prevent the spread of BSE through feed.
Although current science suggests that atypical cases of BSE, such as this one, are unlikely to be transmitted through animal feed, the FDA will work with the USDA to complete a thorough epidemiological investigation."
Both the USDA and the FDA are working with California officials in the ongoing epidemiological investigation.
The agencies are sharing results with international animal health reference laboratories in Canada and England, which have official World Animal Health ( OIE) reference labs.
The American College of Physicians has announced a to "help patients understand the benefits, harms, and costs" of a variety of tests and treatments.
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