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Mad Cow disease may be back.
Some random testing at a Baker Commodities plant in California turned up one dairy cow with the disease. Mad Cow is passed from cow to cow in animal by products, such as tissue and bone meal that cows eat.
Eating Mad Cow meat is thought to cause a fatal brain disease in humans. Hundreds of people died from its human form between 1996 and 2009.
“It might have been soap or chemicals or something that you and I would never eat, but it might have been rendered into feed for livestock or poultry,” explained CNN medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.
But Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says there’s nothing to worry about.
“We’ve taken steps since 2004 to ensure that the types of products from animals that could potentially be the cause of mad cow disease are not in the food system to begin with,’ he said. ‘I am going home and having beef tonight for dinner. And that’s no lie.”
Then there’s this story, which has absolutely nothing to do with mad cow, although, it could have been a mad cow that poked her nose in at a McDonalds drive up window in Brush, Colorado.
“We got a call from dispatch asking if my son had a dairy cow. I said yeah, he has a dairy cow, and she told me that it was up at McDonalds,” explained Sandy Winn.
The cow apparently walked up to the window and looked around. We`re not sure, but Darcy, that’s the cow, may have ordered the fish sandwich.
But we’re pretty sure she brought her own milk. Okay, time to moooove to the next story.