German health officials this week reported finding the country’s first case of BSE since 2009. The case was discovered in a 10-year-old beef cow through routine slaughter testing. Germany requires BSE testing in cattle that go to slaughter at older than eight years of age.
According to an article in Food Safety News, officials determined the case is an atypical “L-Type” form of BSE that is believed to rarely develop spontaneously in older cattle. Beef from the animal did not enter the food supply. Health officials currently are testing some of the animal’s offspring and herdmates.
According to the article, Germany has detected 312 cases of BSE since its first in 2000. The United Kingdom has reported 183,000 cases, and the United States has found four.