Dairy cattle near Escalon, California in 2009.Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesThe USDA has confirmed a case of mad cow disease in a dairy cow near Fresno. This is just the fourth case of mad cow disease found in the U.S. since the disease first appeared in the country in 2003. Agriculture officials say meat-eaters are not at risk because it’s an atypical case — the infected cow was not intended for the food supply and the disease cannot be transmitted by milk. But consumer advocates say there are many questions yet to be answered.

Original Broadcast: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 — 9:00 AM

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Jere Dick, veterinarian and associate deputy administrator with USDA Veterinary Services
  • Michael K. Hansen, senior scientist at Consumer’s Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports
  • Tom Talbot, chairman of the Animal Health and Well Being Committee at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, veterinarian and California beef producer
KQED’s Forum: Mad Cow Disease Found in California 8 May,2012Wendy Goodfriend


Wendy Goodfriend

I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED Food. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area;  Taste This; Jacques Pepin's websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED Food. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos and video of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX. You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.

Sponsored by

Become a KQED sponsor