USDA to double cattle testing

December 1, 2001 Financial Times (London) by Nikki Tait

The US Department of Agriculture is to double its cattle testing programme and step up other safeguards against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or "mad cow disease". Officials said yesterday they expected to review over 12,500 cattle samples this fiscal year, compared with 5,000 in 2001. The agency will also publish a paper ahead of other changes, including a possible ban on the use of brain and spinal cord for certain animals in human food.

There have been no documented cases of BSE in US cattle, although there have been flurries of consumer concern in the wake of disease problems in the UK and Europe. Nikki Tait, Chicago

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