“Mad Cow Disease:” this may be a reference that many American consumers might associate with the U.K. and the 1990s, or the 2003 American outbreak. April of 2012 might change those associations. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known commonly as “Mad Cow Disease,” was thrust into the American mindset again after the fourth confirmed case in the U.S. in the past fifteen years was discovered in a dairy cow from California.
The cow in question, according to USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford, “was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health.” According to Clifford, the cow tested “positive for atypical BSE, a very rare form of the disease not generally associated with an animal consuming infected feed.” Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack called the case “atypical,” and offered that such a case could be attributed to genetics.
Though an isolated case, there is concern about the potential fallout. According to the CDC the threat to consumers is miniscule (estimated at one in 10 billion, “even after consuming contaminated products”). Often markets have not taken much comfort in such estimates. For instance, after the 2003 case “Beef exports dropped by more than 70%”.
As of the publication date of this article, it looks as if the beef industry will not be too adversely affected. Negative reports centered on South Korea. There, according to CNN, “at least one major South Korean retailer” has pulled American beef from their shelves. Other markets, such as the European Union and Mexico, at this juncture, appear undeterred, while there may be further conversation/concern from countries such as Taiwan and Russia. The following weeks will likely highlight further details of the international reaction, but the USDA has stated this confirmed case of BSE will likely not effect trade significantly.
The USDA asserts that it will continue to monitor BSE concerns within the food supply. Currently, they test approximately “40,000 cows a year.” More information on BSE can be found here.
On April 27, 2009 we held a grand opening for our new building in Turlock, California. The palm trees are growing and the building looks great!
DUMAS, TX, April 10, 2012 – To better serve their customers, Nelson-Jameson, Inc. will open a branch in Dumas, Texas.
Operations will begin on May 1, 2012 and allow South Central food and beverage manufacturers to place a single order and receive plant supplies in a more-timely and cost efficient manner. The company’s newest location at 100 Success Boulevard, Suite 1 in Dumas, Texas features 8000 square feet of warehouse and office space.
Nelson-Jameson, Inc. has been an integrated supplier for the food industry since 1947. Product lines include safety & personnel, production & material handling, sanitation & janitorial, processing & flow control, laboratory & QA/QC, and bulk packaging & ingredients. The company is headquartered in Marshfield, Wisconsin, with other locations in Turlock, California, Twin Falls, Idaho, York, Pennsylvania and soon Dumas, Texas. For more information visit, www.nelsonjameson.com.
Color-coding is an important topic for food processors and at Nelson-Jameson, Inc. we understand this. We continue to work with our suppliers to provide the products necessary for you, our customer, whether that be the same products in new colors or completely new products to fill a void.
One request we’ve continued to hear is the need for additional colors. About a year ago we began offering orange products and we heard rave reviews, but that we needed still more colors. So, we are happy to announce that we are now adding purple to our product offering. You will find that many of our most common products are now available in purple to allow you to expand your color-coding programs.
Whether you need a shovel, floor sweep, utility cart or knife in purple, we now have you covered. We continue to look for more products in purple to expand our offering, but if there is something you are in need of, please let us know. Customer feedback is what drives our color-coded program and we encourage you to let us know what you need.
Click here to view our new Color-Coded Catalog on our website, or call 800-826-8302 to request your copy today!