Mad-Cow Disease Reported in Calif.

    ESCALON, CA - JUNE 02:  Cows eat hay at the Faria Dairy Farm June 2, 2009 in Escalon, California. As milk prices continue to plummet due to a weakening international and national demand, dairy farmers across the U.S. are struggling to turn a profit prompting many to sell off their cattle for slaughter and turn fields into corn crops. Within the past year, milk went from $17 per one hundred pounds down to $10 per hundred pounds. Most dairy farmers need to make at least $15 per hundred pounds to break even.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    The Agriculture Department confirmed Tuesday that a case of mad-cow disease had been discovered in California, but said the diseased animal had not entered the food chain. A case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, as it is known scientifically, was found in a California dairy cow, but authorities said carnivores need not worry. According to USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford, the nation’s supply of beef has not been tainted. This is the fourth confirmed case of the disease in the U.S.

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