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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported yesterday that a first round screening provided “inconclusive results” but the possibility that a new case of mad cow disease has been found on US soil. The samples are being re-tested, with results are expected within a week.

The first case of brain-wasting mad cow disease on US soil was detected less than a year ago in the Pacific Northwest, and resulted in numerous countries banning US beef because of concerns about US testing policies.

"The inconclusive result does not mean we have found another case of BSE in this country,'' said Andrea Morgan, associate deputy administrator of the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

In the last year, USDA has been using a new, rapid testing for the brain-wasting disease that it says are more likely to produce false positives.

Details about where and how the cow was detected have not been released, but USDA did say that the cow had not entered the food supply.
KC's View:
While there isn’t a direct connection, it seems ironic that at the same time as a possible new mad cow case is being investigated, the government is considering dismantling a mandatory labeling program that never even had the chance to be implemented.

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