Officials from the USDA say that the recent discovery of a dairy cow in Hanford, California with Mad Cow Disease is no threat to humans, according to a Reuters report.
The major markets for beef for the U.S. include Canada and Japan continue to send beef to the U.S. according to reports on Wednesday. The first U.S. cow with Mad Cow Disease was six years ago, and there have been four reports since then including the one this week.
On reporting the discovery of a California dairy cow infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) on Tuesday, U.S. authorities quickly told consumers and importers around the world there was no danger the meat would enter the food chain.
Countries that import beef from the U.S. said they will continue imports. Mexico, Korea, Japan, Canada as well as the European Union have said there will be no interruption in sales. South Korea, however, has halted sales from two major outlets, reported by the U.S. Agricultural trade negotiator Isi Siddiqui.
"We are pleased with the response of our trading partners" Siddiqui said, adding: "This shows they have confidence in our surveillance system and also the actions we have taken since 2003 (when the first U.S. case of the disease was discovered."