Mad Cow Quarantine Lifted - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/12/05

Mad Cow Quarantine Lifted

The quarantine has been lifted on the ranch that produced the first case of mad cow disease in Texas. Animal health officials tested 67 other animals on the ranch for mad cow and those tests came back negative. USDA will now focus on checking market documents to trace animals that may have left the ranch. The infected cow was a downer cow that was sent to a Waco plant but never entered the food supply. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs assures us the meat you buy in stores and in restaurants is safe. "The main thing is our surveillance system is terrific. We've got a great testing system and USDA is doing a phenomenal job." Combs was in Lubbock Tuesday to speak to the Lions Club about mad cow and other issues affecting state agriculture.

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