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From: TSS ()
Subject: `Downer Cows' Entering Meat Supply, USDA Inspector General Says
Date: February 2, 2006 at 2:12 pm PST

In Reply to: FEDS UNSURE IF MAD COW SAFEGUARDS FOLLOWED FLAMING REPORT BY OIG PROVES TEXAS COVERED UP MAD COW DISEASE posted by TSS on February 2, 2006 at 2:00 pm:

`Downer Cows' Entering Meat Supply, USDA Inspector General Says


Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. government inspectors sometimes allow cattle that can't walk to be slaughtered, contrary to rules aimed at preventing mad-cow disease, the Agriculture Department's Inspector General said in a report.

The inspector general said that at two of 12 slaughter plants reviewed in an audit, 29 non-ambulatory cattle were slaughtered over a 10-month period, and that 20 had been identified as ``downers'' with no records of acute injury.

This violates USDA policy that excludes ``all non- ambulatory disabled cattle from the human food supply,'' the IG said as part of a 118-page review of how the department enforces rules meant to prevent mad-cow disease. The report, which said the USDA must also improve record-keeping, was released on the Inspector General's Web site.

The report was released at a delicate time in negotiations between the U.S. and Japan over the safety of U.S. beef. Japan, normally the biggest overseas customer for the meat, suspended imports on Jan. 20 after banned tissue was found in a shipment of veal. The Japanese government had only allowed imports to resume in December, following a two-year ban because of mad-cow disease.

Japan bought $1.7 billion in U.S. beef in 2003, before banning the meat, along with scores of other nations. Japan's purchases accounted for almost half of total U.S. beef shipments of $3.8 billion that year.

The USDA ordered that downer cattle be excluded from the human food supply after the first case of mad-cow disease was found in the U.S. in December 2003. The brain-wasting livestock illness has a fatal human form blamed for more than 150 deaths in the U.K., where the disease first surfaced in the 1980s. The U.S. confirmed its second BSE case in June, in an animal born in Texas.

The U.S. slaughters about 35 million head of cattle a year.

To contact the reporter on this story:
Daniel Goldstein in Washington at at dgoldstein1@bloomberg.net

Last Updated: February 2, 2006 16:37 EST


http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=ah00ElDBTLj4&refer=us


TSS



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