Vermont cattle test negative for BSE

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(Host) Since the beginning of this year, hundreds of cattle in Vermont have been tested for Mad Cow Disease. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE is a degenerative neurological disease that has never been found in Vermont.

Dr. Kerry Rood is the State Veterinarian. He says the testing is being done at the request of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

(Rood) “We have tested over 600 samples from Vermont since the first of the year and all have been negative. Our food supply is safe, it’s the safest in the world. This is a precautionary measure. We anticipate that they’re all going to be negative and so far they have.”

(Host) Dr. Kerry Rood is Vermont’s State Veterinarian.

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