The first new case of mad cow disease in the U.S. since 2006 has been discovered in a dairy cow in California, but health authorities said Tuesday the animal never was a threat to the nation’s food supply.
The infected cow, the fourth ever discovered in the U.S., was found as part of an Agriculture Department surveillance program that tests about 40,000 cows a year for the fatal brain disease.
No meat from the cow was bound for the food supply, said John Clifford, the department’s chief veterinary officer.
Korea has already decided to strengthen quarantines of US beef, and some Korean retailers have suspended sales of US beef.
One is tempted to conclude immediately that this will become fodder for the opposition in the upcoming presidential election. Certainly that’s a possibility, and the timing couldn’t be better, but we’ll have to see how this plays out.
Anyway, the lesson we should learn from this is this—don’t eat cows. Be like President Obama and Your Uncle Marmot and eat dog. It’s better for you.