The USDA confirmed that a dairy cow in central California that died last week had bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the state's first case since 2006. USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford emphasized that meat from the cow did not enter the food supply. "The detection of BSE shows that the surveillance program in place in California and around the country is working," California Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross said. "Milk and beef remain safe to consume."

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