March 13th, 2006


Funny, I don't feel the same confidence in U.S. beef anymore

Pass me a pig, will ya?

Mad cow disease found in Alabama
Officials say animal had not entered food supply

Monday, March 13, 2006; Posted: 8:34 p.m. EST (01:34 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A cow in Alabama has tested positive for mad cow disease, the Agriculture Department said Monday, confirming the third U.S. case of the brain-wasting ailment. (Whee! Third time's a charm!)

The cow did not enter the food supply for people or animals, officials said. The animal, unable to walk, was killed by a local veterinarian and buried on the farm. (Gee, from factory to farm, how nice.)

"We remain very confident in the safety of U.S. beef," said the department's chief veterinarian, John Clifford. (Says the vegetarian.)