The Guardian: Mad cow disease found in dairy animal in California

No meat from the cow was bound for the food supply, said John Clifford, the department’s chief veterinary officer. “There is really no cause for alarm here with regard to this animal,” Clifford told reporters.

Mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal brain disease in people who eat tainted beef. The World Health Organisation has said tests show humans cannot be infected by drinking milk from BSE-infected animals.

Don’t worry about the food supply! Everything’s cool! We SWEAR.