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U.S. Estimates Mad-Cow Exposure at 81
Posted: Wednesday, December 24, 2003

U.S. Estimates Mad-Cow Exposure at 81
December 30, 2003
Federal investigators increased to 81 the number of cattle now roaming the U.S. that may have been exposed to mad-cow disease, Tuesday's Wall Street Journal reported.

Temporary ban on live cattle,
beef and beef products from the US

December 30, 2003 Trinidad and Tobago
The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources, yesterday informed the public that effective December 24, a temporary restriction has been placed on the importation of live cattle, beef and beef products from the United States of America. A release from the Ministry noted that this had become necessary as a result of the discovery of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (mad cow disease) in the US. This suspension on the importation of live cattle, beef and beef products from the US, the release continued, will be in effect for one month when this decision will again be reviewed and the public further advised. []

Japan rejects U.S. request to lift beef import ban

US claims infected cow came from Canada
December 29, 2003
The US Agriculture Department said the Washington state dairy cow infected with mad cow disease had probably been imported from Canada but Canadian authorities say the statement is premature.

Canada angry as American officials claim
BSE-infected cow came from Alberta

December 29, 2003
Canadian officials have accused their American counterparts of jumping the gun in announcing at the weekend that an animal found suffering from BSE on a farm in Washington state had necessarily entered the United States from Canada.

US Mad Cow Link
Questioned in Creutzfeldt-Jakob Cases

December 27, 2003
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO - Family and friends of American victims of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the fatal brain disorder sometimes linked to mad cow disease, on Friday questioned whether the wasting illness that killed their loved ones was actually due to eating contaminated U.S. beef.

Herds quarantined in US mad cow case
American officials were yesterday trying to determine whether the country's first case of mad cow disease was an isolated incident or part of a wider outbreak, as some fear.

Cow Parts Used in Candles, Soaps Recalled
Cow parts - including hooves, bones, fat and innards - are used in everything from hand cream and antifreeze, to poultry feed and gardening soils. In the next tangled phase of the mad cow investigation, federal inspectors are concentrating on byproducts from the tainted Holstein, which might have gone to a half-dozen distributors in the Northwest, said Dalton Hobbs, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Now, it's the secondary parts - the raw material for soil, soaps, candles - that are being recalled.

The Mad Cowboy's Prediction Comes True
Back in 1998, a few Texas cattlemen, led by billionaire Paul Engler, owner of Cactus Feeders, Inc., filed suit against Howard Lyman, Oprah Winfrey, and Harpo Productions. The lawsuit alleged Howard Lyman and Oprah Winfrey had violated a Texas law which forbids someone from "knowingly making false statements" about agricultural business. The cattlemen alleged that Oprah and Lyman were responsible for the decline in beef futures. Howard and Oprah had discussed the threat of e-Coli and Mad Cow Disease and Howard suggested that it was only a matter of time until Mad Cow Disease appeared in the United States.

Expert warned that mad cow was imminent
but Bush administration did not listen

Dec 26, New York Times via
So six weeks ago, Dr. Prusiner, who won the 1997 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work on prions, entered Ms. Veneman's office with a message. "I went to tell her that what happened in Canada was going to happen in the United States," Dr. Prusiner said. "I told her it was just a matter of time."

Congress Scuttled Meat Protection Measure

BSE: Markets shaken and dollar tumbles to a record low
Fears of an outbreak of BSE rocked US financial, grain and livestock markets. The dollar tumbled to an all-time low against the euro, and the stock market fell as shares in restaurants and food companies sank.

'Cow came from Canada'
U.S. farmers: Community closes ranks: Suspicion will remain until cow's origin is determined

Gloom descends as US mad cow outbreak feared
Every last drop of holiday cheer has been drained out of the old one-storey slaughterhouse on the south-western edge of Moses Lake, a farm town in the semi-desert country of eastern Washington state. It was here that the first cow in the US to test positive for mad cow disease was slaughtered two weeks ago. "I have so much nervous energy I prefer to stand," said Tom Ellestad, who, with his older brother Larry, runs the meat company where the Holstein dairy cow was slaughtered.

Congress Scuttled Meat Protection Measure
WASHINGTON - Legislation to keep meat from downed animals off American kitchen tables was scuttled - for the second time in as many years - as Congress labored unsuccessfully earlier this month to pass a catchall agency spending bill.

First case of mad cow disease in US
"I suggest this cow is the tip of an invisible iceberg," Mr Stauber, co-author of a book about the threat of the disease, told CNN last night. "My presumption is mad cow disease is spread throughout North America at some level, but because our testing programme is so inadequate we have not identified it." He said the US livestock industry, unlike its European counterparts, continued to practise "animal cannibalism".

Inspections for Mad Cow Lag Those Done Abroad
In discussing the case of mad cow disease apparently found in Washington State, Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman said yesterday that her department tested 20,526 cattle for mad cow disease last year. But that is only a small percentage of the 35 million commercially slaughtered each year.

Feed banned in Britain dumped on Third World
Flashback: Sunday October 29, 2000
The Observer UK

Britain offloaded tens of thousands of tons of potentially BSE-infected cattle feed on the Third World after deciding it was too dangerous to give to herds in the UK.

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