WASHINGTON (MNS) — Reports that a cattle feed producer in Texas may have violated rules aimed at keeping mad cow disease out of the food chain have not raised concerns among Imperial Valley cattle producers.
At the same time, the cattle industry and federal regulators remain vigilant in their effort to keep mad cow disease from appearing in the United States.
U.S. regulators announced Thursday they had quarantined some cattle in Texas while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigated whether the cattle were accidentally fed meat and bone meal made from other cattle.
The FDA in 1997 prohibited the use of animal protein-based feed for cows and other ruminant animals. Cattle can contract mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, from feed made from animals infected with the disease.