WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today released the following statement regarding the news that an adult dairy cow in California tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE):
"The most important facets of this detection are that the cow in question was identified through our rigorous system of interlocking safeguards; it did not enter the food chain; and that American beef continues to be among the safest in the world. Because the U.S. remains fully compliant with international animal health standards, there should be no impact on trade. Americans and the entire world should continue to be confident in the safety of American beef."