September 2, 2005
September 2, 2005 -- On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they have completed their investigations regarding a cow that tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in June 2005.
The results indicate the animal was 12-years-old at the time of its death. It was born prior to the implementation of the 1997 feed ban instituted by FDA.
APHIS attempted to trace all adult animals that left the farm after 1990, as well as all progeny born within two years of the animal's death. Simultaneously, FDA and the Texas Feed and Fertilizer Control Service conducted a feed investigation to determine whether contaminated feed could have played a role in the animal's infection.
FDA has concluded that the animal was most likely infected prior to the 1997 BSE/ruminant feed rule.