Officials quick to reaffirm safety of beef

The state’s political leaders were quick to reaffirm the safety of beef after the announcement this week that mad cow disease was discovered in a dead dairy cow in California. No meat from the cow was ever headed for the food supply, and the disease isn’t transmitted through milk, experts say. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., issued a joint statement with Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., saying the fact “that we’re hearing about this discovery and that there was never any threat to consumers in this case shows that the mechanisms in place for protecting our food supply worked as intended.” Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and the state’s four U.S. representatives also said in a statement that the announcement “reaffirms the fact that our food-safety system works.” Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday that consumers should remain confident that beef and milk in Kansas are safe, adding that he “had beef for lunch.”