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From: TSS ()
Subject: Creekstone Farms to File Lawsuit Against USDA; Seeks Right to Voluntarily Test its Beef for BSE
Date: March 22, 2006 at 8:56 am PST

Creekstone Farms to File Lawsuit Against USDA; Seeks Right to Voluntarily Test its Beef for BSE

3/22/2006 10:24:00 AM


To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor

Contact: Shannon Hembree, 202-879-9335

News Advisory:

For over two years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has refused to allow Creekstone Farms, the award winning producer of quality Black Angus Beef, to voluntarily test all of its cattle for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as "Mad Cow" disease. Recognizing the critical importance of U.S. beef exports to Japan and elsewhere, Creekstone Farms believes it is vital to U.S. trade with Japan and other countries and the economic future of America's beef exporters to have the freedom to test for BSE, which will provide an added layer of confidence for U.S. beef customers worldwide. The company listens to its customers, who have requested that Creekstone Farms BSE test all the cattle it processes in its Kansas plant. Creekstone Farms would like to satisfy these customer requests by being allowed by USDA to voluntarily test its cattle for BSE. After two years of patiently waiting with no action, Creekstone Farms will file a lawsuit against USDA on Thursday, March 23.

WHAT: Press conference to discuss Creekstone Farms' filing of a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


-- John Stewart, CEO and founder of Creekstone Farms Premium Beef

-- Joe B. Meng, vice president of science and technology, Creekstone Farms

-- Russell S. Frye, principal, FryeLaw, PLLC

WHERE: Murrow and White Rooms, National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Thursday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

CONTACT: Shannon Hembree, 202-879-9335

EDITOR'S NOTE: To arrange an interview with Creekstone Farms CEO John Stewart in Washington, D.C. on Thursday or Friday, please contact Stephanie Dix at 202-879-9395.

Satellite coordinates are forthcoming.


/© 2006 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/

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