Officials from the Department of Agriculture determined Friday the animal with mad cow disease in Alabama is at least 10 years old.
This could mean the cow was infected before the U.S. took steps to protect cattle feed from the disease nine years ago.
The agriculture department's commissioner, Ron Sparks, discussed what the next steps are in dealing with the cow.
“We're gonna get through this. Hopefully the economic impact will be minimal if not non-existent. Done some good things, do some better things in the future,” Ron Sparks, AG Dept. Commissioner, said.
The case of mad cow disease was confirmed in Alabama last week during a routine test.
It’s the third time the disease has been found in the United State.
The agriculture department says the meat never entered the food supply.
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