Friday, August 04, 2006

Mad Cow Testing To Be Reduced

Apparently the poor and spotty BSE testing in the US has produced far fewer cases than everyone feared, so the Agriculture Department has decided to just cut back on testing even further. This is interesting, especially since the USDA doesn't let farms and farmers perform testing on their own. The St. Pete Times has more
The current testing level - 1,000 each day - reflects the heightened concern that followed the discovery in December 2003 of mad cow disease in the United States.

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"It's time that our surveillance efforts reflect what we now know is a very, very low level of BSE in the United States," Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said. "There is no significant BSE problem in the United States, and after all of this surveillance, I am able to say there never was."

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