The United States is a “negligible risk” country for BSE
Posted by Joseph Abdalla


Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), more commonly known as “mad cow” disease, belongs to a group of progressively degenerative neurological diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). TSE diseases are characterized by long incubation periods ranging from several months, to several years, during which there is no visible indication of the disease.

In 2003 a case of BSE was traced to a cow in Washington state, causing bans on US cattle worldwide for not only  for beef, but for Bovine derived products for scientific and diagnostic uses in such products  as Bovine serum albumin (BSA) or Fetal bovine serum (FBS). In the years that have taken the U.S. cattle industry to recover some of the export volume it lost in 2003 because of BSE, Australia, New Zealand and South America have capitalized in those regions where the U.S. has been and is still shut out.

In 2008 the FDA prohibited the use of the highest risk cattle tissues in ALL animal feed. High risk cattle materials are the brains and spinal cords from cattle 30 months of age and older. Since this time the U.S. has begun to recover, and its acceptance as a safe and reliable source of cattle and bovine products has begun to grow.  In 2014 the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), has listed US Cattle as having a negligible BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) risk, allowing for U.S. Sourced bovine products, such as BSA, to be accepted as superior products throughout the world.

Every Boval product comes with a Veterinary certificate guaranteeing that the source cattle are of US origin and under 30 months of age.




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