There will be much more reaction to the United States' first bovine spongiform encephalopathy case once Congress returns from the holiday recess. But, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) said Wednesday that he would introduce legislation to further tighten livestock feed practices.

Durbin is a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture. In 2002, he had requested a General Accounting Office report looking into feed containing specified risk material. The report found that FDA had no specific strategy to enforce a ban placed on such feed.

The bill that he will propose will expand surveillance neurological disorders in livestock, broaden labeling requirements for livestock feed and create new restrictions for the use of specified risk material.

"The discovery of this infected cow in Washington state is a wake-up call," Durban said in a statement. "We must put in place the proper safeguards to promptly detect the disease and keep it from spreading to other cattle or into the human food supply."

Meatingplace.com and Sen. Richard Durbin.