Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as “mad cow disease,” is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder affecting the central nervous system of cattle. BSE belongs to a family of diseases known as the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). The disease was first diagnosed in 1986 in Great Britain. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is enforcing import restrictions and is conducting surveillance for BSE to ensure that this serious disease does not become established in the United States.
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Resource Manual – Contact AAMP at (717) 367-1168 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- www.bseinfo.org – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association launched web site to disseminate updated information to the public.
Specified Risk Materials (SRMs)
- Additional Information & Diagrams Regarding the Removal of Tonsils in Cattle – These pictures identify the SRM (tonsils) that need to be removed from the tongue.
- Using Dentition to Age Cattle – Information from the FSIS Technical Service Center on how to use dentition to age cattle.
- BSE Update & Current Rule on Natural Casings – Memorandum from the North American Natural Casing Association outlining the current rule affecting beef casings (1/13/2004).
- Use of Natural Beef Casings – Memorandum from the North American Natural Casing Association outlining the restrictions in place affecting beef casings (1/8/2004).
- Requirements for the Disposition of Cattle that Become Non-Ambulatory Disabled Following Ante-Mortem Inspection
- Information from FSIS for Small and Very Small Establishments on Non-Ambulatory Cattle Rule
- Custom Slaughter and Processing of Livestock – Questions and answers concerning custom slaughter/processing of livestock and the USDA restrictions of harvesting non-ambulatory disabled cattle.
- The Ban on Harvesting and/or Processing of Non-ambulatory Cattle – Document composed by Jay Wenther to answer questions concerning the ban on harvesting and/or processing of non-ambulatory cattle.
- Sample Letter From Cattle Producer to Slaughter/Processor Concerning Non-ambulatory Cattle – Sample letter that can be utilized to insure that meat processors are not receiving non-ambulatory disabled cattle.