Mad Cow Disease Alert

Agricultural analysts fear falling prices, and meat importers, potential health consequences.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed a fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), popularly known as mad cow disease in a dairy cow in central California, reported the AFP.

"Agricultural analysts stressed that this issue is ‘not positive’ for the price of corn, the cereal consumed by cattle. This information eclipsed other, quite favourable, data indicating a rise in prices.

In addition, two major supermarket chains in South Korea suspended sales of beef imported from the United States on Wednesday until further notice. "



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