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2005-08-30 12:32:08

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Investigators tested 68 cattle without finding any more cases of mad cow disease from the Texas farm that produced the first U.S.-born animal with the brain-wasting disease, federal records showed on Tuesday. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns scheduled a telephone news conference on Tuesday afternoon to release "final results" of the investigation, which also included an attempt to trace feed eaten by the infected beef cow, a 12-year-old...

2005-07-27 17:01:10

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cow suspected of having mad cow disease will be retested in British and U.S. laboratories for confirmation of what may be America's third case, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday. Final test results are expected early next week. The U.S. cattle industry said existing safeguards prevented the suspect cow from entering the human food supply, but consumer groups said more measures were needed to protect Americans. USDA Chief Veterinarian John Clifford...

2005-07-27 15:41:09

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 12-year-old animal suspected of having mad cow disease will be retested by animal health laboratories in Britain and Iowa for confirmation of what would be America's third case, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday. Final test results are expected early next week. USDA Chief Veterinarian John Clifford said the suspect animal, which was destroyed after having trouble giving birth in April, produced an inconclusive result in an initial round of testing...

2005-07-18 14:40:16

By Randy Fabi WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Consolidating U.S. animal disease oversight under one high-level government czar may be the best way to protect consumers from mad cow disease, bird flu and other serious animal ailments that can jump species, a National Academy of Sciences panel said on Monday. The Academy's National Research Council, which advises the U.S. government on scientific and environmental matters, criticized the current animal health system as too convoluted at a time when...

2005-06-27 19:13:46

By Sophie Walker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States faces a tough jobpersuading nervous trade partners its beef is safe, but a new,independent food agency and some sophisticated PR might help,policy makers and industry experts said on Monday. Confirmation on Friday of a second case of mad cow disease-- the first found in a native U.S. animal -- was a big blow tothe Bush administration and came just as officials had startedto make carefully optimistic comments about persuading...

2005-06-30 00:14:03

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The second U.S. animal confirmed tohave mad cow disease was born 12 years ago and raised in Texas,the nation's largest cattle state, the U.S. Department ofAgriculture said on Wednesday. The U.S. beef cow is the first U.S.-born animal infectedwith the brain-wasting disease, formally known as bovinespongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The only other BSE case in the United States, found in late2003, was a Washington state cow imported from Canada. Dr. John Clifford, chief...


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