Bovine tuberculosis and its impact on food safety and hunter safety

Bovine tuberculosis and its impact on food safety and hunter safety
By JAMIE LARSON, U of M Beef Team,
Regional Extension EducatorThursday, January 5, 2006 4:10 PM CST
After the discovery of five beef herds that tested positive for bovine tuberculosis (TB) in northwestern Minnesota, there has been a common concern among livestock producers and consumers of how this affects the safety of our food supply.While it has been quite awhile since beef producers in the upper Midwest have had to think about the impacts of bovine TB, there was a time when the disease was common. Prior to this year, the last known case of bovine TB in Minnesota was in 1971.
So we do know some things about food safety that we should be concerned about, but also some things we do not need to be concerned about.Bovine TB caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium bovis is a respiratory disease of cattle. It is a chronic, slowly progressive disease that does not spread easily. Infected animals may be capable of transmitting an infection to other animals even if they appear healthy.
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