U.S. nixes BSE tests

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Agriculture Department has rebuffed a meatpacker's plan to test every animal at its Kansas slaughterhouse for mad cow disease. The refusal quiets a firestorm in the cattle industry sparked by Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, a small Kentucky-based meatpacking company that was seeking to privately test each animal at its Arkansas City, Kan., plant.
"We are looking at what the consensus of international experts is when it comes to testing and that consensus is that 100-percent testing is not justified," Agriculture Department spokeswoman Alisa Harrison said late last night.

Source: Associated Press
calendar icon 9 April 2004
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