Last week the USDA announced nearly $17 million in emergency funding to eradicate cases of bovine tuberculosis in several states.
USDA Undersecretary Bruce Knight says bovine TB is a disease risk that he worries about and that the agency is working on several fronts against the disease. According to Knight, of the 166 cases of bovine TB reported in the United States in the past five years, 120 of them were traced to Mexico.
"Last year we proposed to Mexico a five year plan on how to move forward with a Mexican TB eradication program that would be on par with what we are doing here in the United States," Knight says.
Knight says there are also new rules and regulations in the works for TB in the U.S.