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Mad Cow Disease Found At Central California Dairy

Mad Cow Disease Found At Central California Dairy
update:

SEOUL, South Korea – Two major South Korean retailers suspended sales of U.S. beef following the discovery of mad cow disease in a U.S. dairy cow. http://www.cnbc.com/id/47168438

via San Jose Mercury:

Mad-cow disease found in Central Valley dairy cow

By Paul Rogers

progers@mercurynews.commercurynews.com

In a move that could raise new questions about food safety and result in economic setbacks to California’s multi-billion-dollar agricultural industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday confirmed that a case of mad cow disease has been found in a dairy cow in the Central Valley.

The cow tested positive at a rendering facility in Hanford, 15 miles west of Visalia in Kings County, operated by Baker Commodities, the company confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Baker has 21 plants across the United States that convert animal by-products into pet food, poultry feed and tallow, used in soaps, paints and cosmetics. The company advertises that it provides “dead stock removal” for dairy cows and cattle.

“Our facility collected it from a local dairy,” said Dennis Luckey, a spokesman for the company. “It was going to be rendered.”

Although many dairy cows in the U.S. are eventually slaughtered for pet food and other products, some are turned into ground beef and other types of meat for human consumption, including for fast-food restaurants and school lunch menus.

Mad cow disease, formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, is a progressive brain disease that is always fatal in cattle.

After a dairy cow in Washington state was diagnosed with mad cow disease in 2003, it devastated the U.S. beef industry. Dozens of countries refused to import U.S. beef, and U.S. beef shipments plunged 82 percent.

Numerous questions remained unanswered Tuesday, including where the cow came from, how it got the disease, whether other animals in the herd might be infected and whether any meat from them has been sold for public consumption.

http://www.mercurynews.com/health/ci_20469701/mad-cow-disease-found-central-california-dairy-cow

more from HighBoldtage on mad cow:

http://highboldtage.wordpress.com/?s=bovine

more from google news:

http://urlet.com/subscription.rainbow

reblogged from http://highboldtage.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/mad-cow-disease-found-at-central-california-dairy/

 

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update:

SEOUL, South Korea – Two major South Korean retailers suspended sales of U.S. beef following the discovery of mad cow disease in a U.S. dairy cow.   http://www.cnbc.com/id/47168438

via San Jose Mercury:

Mad-cow disease found in Central Valley dairy cow

By Paul Rogers

progers@mercurynews.commercurynews.com

In a move that could raise new questions about food safety and result in economic setbacks to California’s multi-billion-dollar agricultural industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday confirmed that a case of mad cow disease has been found in a dairy cow in the Central Valley.

The cow tested positive at a rendering facility in Hanford, 15 miles west of Visalia in Kings County, operated by Baker Commodities, the company confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Baker has 21 plants across the United States that convert animal by-products into pet food, poultry feed and tallow, used in soaps, paints and cosmetics. The company advertises that it provides “dead…

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Using Google’s Public Data Service to Visualize FBI Uniform Crime Report Data

text of post reblogged here…. visit:
http://crimedime.com/2012/04/25/using-googles-public-data-service-to-visualize-fbi-uniform-crime-report-data/ for supporting graphs.

by: CrimeDime

Posted on April 25, 2012 by 

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation makes the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data publicly available, and has even introduced a web-based tool to search the data in 2010. But Google’s Public Data service may offer the best option to quickly customize and display UCR crime data. You can even embed the charts in your website, but only if you can use iframe tags, which wordpress.com does not allow.

These graphs all look at the rate per 100,000 from 1960 to 2009. Click the images to go directly to the tables in Google Public Data, where you can change the variables to create your own graphs.

Homicide

Forcible Rape

Robbery

Aggravated Assault

What’s interesting in these graphs?

Well, homicide is probably the best indicator of overall violent crime because almost all homicides are known to law enforcement. And, of course, the UCR data only include those crimes known to law enforcement. Compare homicide with forcible rape (FBI’s terminology and definition) with homicide, and I think what you largely see is differences in reporting rather than differences in actual rates in a year-by-year comparison.

What else do you see?

CrimeDime

The Federal Bureau of Investigation makes the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data publicly available, and has even introduced a web-based tool to search the data in 2010. But Google’s Public Data service may offer the best option to quickly customize and display UCR crime data. You can even embed the charts in your website, but only if you can use iframe tags, which wordpress.com does not allow.

These graphs all look at the rate per 100,000 from 1960 to 2009. Click the images to go directly to the tables in Google Public Data, where you can change the variables to create your own graphs.

Homicide

Forcible Rape

Robbery

Aggravated Assault

What’s interesting in these graphs?

Well, homicide is probably the best indicator of overall violent crime because almost all homicides are known to law enforcement. And, of course, the UCR data only include those crimes known to law enforcement. Compare…

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