Questions And Concerns in Alabama Mad Cow Case

A case of mad cow disease in Alabama has raised questions and concerns.

It was confirmed Monday afternoon that a cow, which died on an undisclosed farm in Alabama, did in fact die from the disease.

There is no official word on history of the cow or if others on that farm were infected.

More than 600,000 cows that have been tested by the US Department of Agriculture and only three have been affected.

Beef experts say no one knows how prices will be affected.

"I think the American customer has been very confident in the American producer" said Rickey Hudson, Wiregrass Extension Office of Alabama

The USDA says the cow had not crossed paths with the human or animal food chain.

In 1997 a feed ban was issued, that prevents producers from basically feeding cow left-over to other cows.

"That cow was born before the feed ban, before in 1997, so our interlocking system of safeguards to prevent the spread of b.s.e. it's very effective" said John West, R-Calf United Stockgrowers of America

Still, with cattle farmers’ confidence so high in their product, some say politics may be affected.

Currently, President Bush's administration is seeking to reassure foreign trading partners that U.S beef is okay.

This will make the 3rd case of mad cow in the United States.

"We got the safest food in the world and we definitely got the safest beef in the world. We have more precautions on that, than any nation I would say" said Ed Neel, Dothan Livestock Company.

The farm where the cow died is under quarantine until more answers can be found. The cow hadn't been at the farm a year.

According to the associated press, U.S talks with possible beef trading partners should not be affected. Cattle prices held mostly stable Tuesday in the wake of publicity about the case. Industry watchers say that's a positive development since prices dropped after two previous cases of mad cow were confirmed.