CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2012 |
FRESNO - The first confirmed case of mad cow disease in the U.S. since 2006 surfaced in California's Central Valley on Tuesday, triggering concerns about food safety. But health officials stressed that the diseased animal never entered the human food chain and that U.S. beef and dairy products are safe. The diseased cow "was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health," John Clifford, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief veterinarian, said in a statement.
November 3, 2009
Feces in cattle feed: In some editions of Saturday's Business section, an article about a campaign to ban chicken feces in cattle feed mistakenly omitted the word "banned" in the following sentence: "California allows the practice with one exception: Poultry litter is banned in feed for lactating dairy cows." Nonprofit's wealthy owners: An article in Monday's Section A about a nonprofit company, Social Vocational Services, run by a Palos Verdes couple included a garbled sentence that should have read, "In 1999, the Dawsons arranged to sell SVS to ResCare Inc., a for-profit company headquartered in Kentucky."
October 31, 2009 |
A fight is brewing over the practice of feeding chicken feces and other poultry farm waste to cattle. A coalition of food and consumer groups that includes Consumers Union and the Center for Science in the Public Interest has asked the Food and Drug Administration to ban the practice. McDonald's Corp., the nation's largest restaurant user of beef, also wants the FDA to prohibit the feeding of so-called poultry litter to cattle. Members of the coalition are threatening to file a lawsuit or to push for federal legislation establishing such a ban if the FDA doesn't act to do so in the coming months.
December 16, 2008 |
A hardy, pedestrian plant is doing triple duty in California's agricultural heartland. Farmers, water managers and agriculture researchers are watching an experiment using canola plants to absorb the salt from soil and water. The seeds are then crushed to extract oil for blending into environmentally friendly biodiesel. If that were the end of the story, it would be just another case of farmers turning food into fuel.
December 30, 2003 |
Federal investigators said Monday that a Washington state Holstein diagnosed with "mad cow" disease was born in Canada in April 1997, months before implementation of a U.S.-Canadian ban on cattle feed containing animal parts. The assessment, based on the records of the Washington state farmer who bought the cow, came as officials announced they were trying to trace 81 other cows that had entered the U.S. from Alberta, Canada, in August 2001 with the Holstein to determine whether any of them also were infected.
October 2, 2001 |
Responding to concern over the nation's first case of "mad cow" disease, Japan banned the domestic distribution of cattle feed made with recycled cow parts. Imported meat-and-bone meal had previously been banned. The move, which takes effect Thursday, also bars the use of domestic and imported meat-and-bone meal in fertilizers, the Agriculture Ministry said. A cow in central Japan was found last month to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy.