Richard Schulz –
Once Mad Cow Disease was a pressing issue years ago but only recently splashed in the news again when a scare had sparked fear in South Korea over American beef.
Public health officials here have said that the chance of the disease being a risk to fellow Americans is low. They say the cow in question came from central California but was never sent entered to the food chain.
“It was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health,” said John Clifford, the Agriculture Department’s chief veterinarian.
The cow also didn’t contract the disease from it’s feed. The same feed that’s given to all the cows.
Mad Cow Disease infects the central nervous system of cows and humans. Some symptoms of mad cow disease in humans include depression, insomnia and anxiety.
Students at Penn Manor High School do not seemed to be worried about the incident,
Josh Lefever, a junior at Penn Manor who works in Darrenkamp’s deli department, said that he won’t stop eating beef.
“I work with meat all the time and I still go to McDonalds just to get a burger,” said Lefever.
Lefever, like others, doesn’t plan on an incident of Mad Cow Disease changing his eating habits.
“I doubt it’d spread to us or even get as big of a scare as last time. I’m not to0 worried about being infected or anything either,” said Lefever
Two major beef importers from South Korea have halted their imports because of the scare. America sends its beef to Korea, Japan, the European Union, Mexico and other countries and they all plan to continue importing the beef.
Canada, being the largest importer of US beef in 2011, announced they’ll continue their imports well.
It seems this is a minor scare compared to the incident six years ago. Students and importers worldwide are looking over this little thing.