Mad COw (BSE) fights on

Posted by Amaranth Rose on Mar 20, 2004 at 10:17

""Considering downer animals are no longer allowed for slaughter, it raises the question: Where are you going to get them?," said Lisa Taylor, the Kansas Department of Agriculture's spokeswoman.

The department also plans to sample 20,000 cattle at least 30 months old that appear healthy, to see if the disease is present in animals with no symptoms. "

Kansas Struggles to Test for Mad Cow

"What baffles many industry observers is that while the Agriculture Department spends millions for a government surveillance program, it continues to balk at letting Arkansas City-based Creekstone Farms voluntarily test every animal it processes for mad cow disease.

Creekstone said its customers have agreed to pay the added costs, though the nation's big packing plants have opposed the plan, worried that it could lead to false-positive results. "

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