LA Times editorial: Don't panic, but discovery of the disease in a dairy cow shows the need for stricter standards

Mad cow disease has the power to terrify, but at this point, U.S. consumers have far more to fear from other sources of food poisoning. There have been no human deaths from eating mad-cow-tainted beef in this country. Meanwhile, other food-borne illnesses kill 3,000 Americans a year; close to 400 die from salmonella alone, according to a 2011 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. That said, there's still reason for concern about this country's efforts to prevent mad cow — formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy — despite federal officials' rosy statements after a California dairy cow was discovered to have the disease. (more) May 3, 2012 LA Times