Texas Beef Council, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Farm Bureau and Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas

USDA today announced that a cow confirmed positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease on June 24 was sampled in Texas and came from a Texas herd.   The animal was a 12-year-old Brahman cross born and raised by the same owner. 

Ongoing beef industry and government initiatives to detect BSE in the U.S. identified this animal before it entered the human food or animal feed supply chain.

The beef supply is safe.   Scientists, medical professionals and officials with USDA and the Food and Drug Administration agree that BSE is not a public health risk in the U.S.  BSE infectivity is not found in beef products, including steaks, roasts and ground beef. 

Fifteen years ago, government and industry began implementing effective safeguards to keep the beef supply safe.  These measures were enhanced in January of 2004 and the improved surveillance and testing efficiently identified this BSE case.

The infected cow was born before the industry’s ban on feeding ruminant byproducts to cattle.    Last November, the animal was identified as being high risk and was tested for BSE. Because of strict government safeguards, the animal was segregated and barred from the supply chain for human food.  The in-place safeguards also caused this animal to be prevented from entering the animal feed supply, and the carcass was incinerated. 

All Texas beef producers support and follow the government and industry safeguards that isolated this single, extremely rare case of BSE.  The system assures a safe beef supply.

For the beef producers of Texas and across the nation, our top priority has always been providing consumers, as well as our own families, with the safest beef in the world – our livelihood depends on it.   We remain committed to that goal. 

Texas Beef Council, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Farm Bureau and Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas