First Case Of Mad Cow Disease Discovered In Calif.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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
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.