The sixth case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or BSE, during the past 15 years in the United States has been identified in a 6-year-old mixed breed beef cow in Florida. The positive test for so-called Mad Cow Disease comes six years after the most recent in 2012 at Hanford, CA.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture calmed public fears about the discovery with assurances the animal never entered the human food supply and did not threaten human health in any other way. The atypical case of BSE is unlikely to cause U.S. producers to lose any international cattle markets.

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