Americans might remember that when the first mad cow was confirmed in the United States in December, 2003, it was major news. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had been petitioned for... Read more
The announcement on Tuesday that a California dairy cow had mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), highlights shortcomings of the country's food safety system, say critics. Read more
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Dr. Michael Hansen, senior scientist at Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, and an expert in mad cow, is available for comment on the mad cow story.
MICHAEL HANSEN, PHD, CONSUMERS UNION - Statement on BSE positive cow
Consumers Union is seriously Read more
I was still in medical training when I was called to testify in defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. If you remember, Oprah swore she would never eat another burger again after hearing that cows were being fed the... Read more
News of a new "mad cow" in the United States could not come at a worse time. Read more
The USDA has confirmed that a case of mad cow disease was found in a California dairy cow. It is the fourth case of mad cow, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), found in U.S. cattle since the first in December 2003. Los Angeles-based Baker... Read more
In an announcement that could raise new questions about food safety and result in economic setbacks to California's multibillion-dollar agricultural industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday said that a case of mad cow disease has... Read more
Have you ever glanced at the ingredients on a hot dog or a can of Spam Lite and wondered about an ingredient called "mechanically separated chicken" or "mechanically separated meat"? This type of meat is collected from animal carcasses after all... Read more
San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO -- California's ban on the sale of pork from "downer" pigs, those that were too feeble to walk before being slaughtered, can't be enforced because a less stringent federal law regulates slaughterhouse inspections, the U.S. Supreme... Read more
Holly Mills was a lively teenager about to start university. But with her whole life ahead of her, she suddenly found herself in the grip of tragedy. Read more