USDA: Human Health Risk Small Even if More Mad Cow
Ron DeHaven, the USDA's chief veterinarian and head of a team investigating the first reported U.S. case of the disease, said the risk to human health was small.
"Even if there are more cases, we have already taken the measures that are needed to protect public health," DeHaven said. He spoke on the sidelines of a USDA meeting to consider recommendations from an international panel on additional safeguards against mad cow disease.
DeHaven noted that the USDA last month banned the use of cattle brains and spinal cord from older cattle in the human food supply, and also prohibited the use of crippled or downer cattle from being used in human food.