Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Mad Cow Lab Closing: Update

The Daily Evergreen has more about the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory closing that we reported on last week:
The region’s only mad cow testing facility, a part of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at WSU, will no longer test for mad cow disease as a contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture comes to an end March 1.

The Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory was given a contract to test Northwest cows for bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

The facility began testing in June 2004, several months after a cow in the Yakima Valley tested positive for BSE, the first such case in the United States.
It's disappointing that the USDA is taking this step, especially since the use of animal products in cow fodder is still allowed.

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