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Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Surveillance Program and Holding Procedures

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Surveillance Program and Holding Procedures
Previous Requirements
Before Jan 12, 2004
Current Requirements
Beginning Jan 12, 2004
Situation:
No BSE positives had been found in the U.S.
Situation:
The first BSE positive for a cow in the U.S. was confirmed on December 25, 2003.
Testing for BSE:
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) tested cattle for BSE:
  • Cattle that FSIS personnel condemned because they showed possible symptoms of BSE.
  • This included non-ambulatory disabled cattle, which were allowed to be slaughtered in certain cases.
  • Random samples from brains of cattle that appeared to be healthy (surveillance).

 
Testing for BSE:
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) tests cattle for BSE:
  • Cattle that FSIS personnel condemn because they show possible symptoms of BSE.
  • FSIS no longer allows non-ambulatory disabled cattle to be slaughtered. The owner is responsible for having the animal humanely euthanized. APHIS will sample the carcass for BSE at an inedible rendering facility.
  • APHIS will continue BSE surveillance and testing at an increased rate.
  • APHIS veterinarians send samples to USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories.
(A notice was published on January 12, 2004.)
Inspection procedures - FSIS:
  • "Inspected and passed" mark of inspection applied to carcasses and parts from cattle that were selected for testing by APHIS for BSE, before the results were received.
  • Recommended that plants hold carcasses until test results were received.
Inspection procedures - FSIS:
  • "Inspected and passed" mark of inspection will not be applied to carcasses and parts from cattle that are selected for testing by APHIS for BSE.
  • Is developing a Directive to instruct inspection program personnel on procedures.
(A notice was published on January 12, 2004.)

 

 

Last Modified Oct 07, 2014