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First Case Of Mad Cow Disease Discovered In Calif.

Above: California cows

Aired 4/25/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Jim Cullor, UC Davis veterinary Professor and director of UC Davis Dairy food safety laboratory

Sasha Khokha, Central Valley Bureau Chief for the California Report



Aired 4/25/12

Two major South Korean retailers have suspended sales of U.S. beef following the discovery of mad cow disease in a dairy cow in Central California.

Federal officials insist the beef supply is safe. But as the California Report's Sasha Khokha explains, consumer advocates have their doubts.

The discovery of a dairy cow with Mad cow disease in California's Central Valley has already has a wide range of reactions. USDA officials say the discovery proves US screening of cattle for mad cow disease works. Meanwhile, South Korea - the 4th largest importer of US beef - says it's suspending imports. Back in 2004, US beef imports fell 75 percent after the first time mad cow was found in US cattle.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | April 25, 2012 at 1:33 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

This is not good.

Not good at all.

I rarely eat beef anymore. Maybe a good high end steak on a special occasion every 2 or 3 months and that's it.

America always likes to pretend we are the world's cleanest country with the world's highest quality food supply, but the truth is the disgusting cattle industry here has been a dirty little secret for decades that nobody, including the media, ever wants to place a spotlight on.

I remember many years go when Oprah tried to expose it, and she was bullied afterwards by cattle bosses and the slaughter industry mafioso.

Americans seem quite content seeing commercials with " happy cows" and stupidly believe that is the reality.

The **real** reality is filth, animal cruelty, bloody bludgeonry, and unclean machinery splattered with bacteria from bovine guts.

Don't gt me Wong, I'm no vegan. I eat less meat than most Americans, but I do enjoy a quality cut every now and again, but I have eliminated beef as a regular part of my diet because of how disgusting the cattle industry is.

And like Big Tobacco and the NRA, the Beef Mafia in this country is run by intolerant thugs with **lots** of money and **lots** of politicians on the take making and meaningful reform in this industry nearly impossible!

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benz72 | April 25, 2012 at 2:15 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Sorry PDSD, I was right with you through the Sinclair-esque rally against too much beef and the corporate pressure to hide the need for costly changes. The wheels came off when you told me the NRA is run by thugs. I couldn't get the image of you in a tin-foil hat out of my head, and I don't even know what you look like.

Anyway, with BSE transmissible to humans, I would definitely support increased cleanliness requirements should the current ones be insufficient or loss of licensing should the guilty party be found not to have followed a set of sufficient requirements already in place.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 25, 2012 at 3:40 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Benz, I don't want to turn this off-topic into an NRA discussion, but he reason I call the NRA thugs is because they have a totalitarian viewpoint that **any** gun legislation is bad.

I can think of few other organizations tht are as stifling to reform as the NRA.

Right after the tragey of Gabby Giffords in Tucson, they began maneuvering their power in Arizona to ensure no loopholes are closed and no legislation would take place to curb violence.

I would have more respect for them if they were more balanced instead of looking t every gun regulation as a direct assault and threat to the 2nd amendment.

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