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From: TSS (216-119-129-36.ipset9.wt.net)
Subject: U.S. Cattle Industry Awaits Mad Cow Test Results
Date: November 22, 2004 at 2:32 pm PST

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Subject: U.S. Cattle Industry Awaits Mad Cow Test Results
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 16:38:02 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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U.S. Cattle Industry Awaits Mad Cow Test Results
Mon Nov 22, 2004 09:59 AM ET

By Randy Fabi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. cattle industry anxiously awaited
federal test results, expected as early as Monday, that will determine
if the United States has a second case of the deadly mad cow disease,
industry officials said.

The U.S. Agriculture Department kept information about the suspect
animal under tight wraps, refusing to identify its age, sex or location.

The USDA announced last Thursday that an animal tested "inconclusive"
for mad cow disease in two rapid screening tests and said it would
conduct more sophisticated analysis for confirmation. Test results were
expected before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, industry
officials said.

"We are holding up our holiday plans, awaiting the result," an industry
official said.

But a USDA spokeswoman declined to say if the test results would be made
public on Monday.

"I really don't have a specific time or date (of an announcement)," USDA
spokeswoman Alisa Harrison said. "We may have a better indicator at some
point today."

If the test results are positive for the brain wasting malady, it will
be the second confirmed U.S. case, after one was discovered last
December in a Washington state dairy cow. USDA investigators determined
that cow was born in Canada in 1997 and shipped to Washington state four
years later.

Key issues for the U.S. cattle and meat industry are the age and birth
country of the suspect animal.

If the animal was born before 1997, that probably means U.S. mad cow
safeguards adopted that year are working. In August 1997, the U.S.
government banned cattle remains from being recycled into cattle feed as
a precaution.

"The best case would be that it came across from Canada and it was
located in Washington (state)," said Bob Anderson, livestock analyst
with Commodity Services Inc. "The worst case scenario would be a beef
cow in Montana or Texas."

The USDA said the carcass of the suspect animal now being tested did not
enter the human or animal food supply.

Cattle futures traders in Chicago said the market was likely to remain
quiet until the USDA released the test results.

"If it is positive it will be really interesting to see if the reaction
is 'the system works and we found it' or that Japan is just going to
close the door on negotiations," said Doug Harper, livestock analyst
with Milwaukee-based Brock Associates.

Mad cow disease, formally named bovine spongiform encephalopathy, was
identified in Britain in the 1980s and is caused by malformed proteins
called prions, researchers say. People can contact a human version of
the fatal disease by eating infected meat.

The USDA has said U.S. beef exports -- which remain far below historical
levels nearly a year after the first case of mad cow disease -- would
not be impacted if another case was found.

Immediately after last December's confirmed case of mad cow disease, the
USDA rolled out new measures, including a food ban on downer cattle, to
ensure the safety of U.S. beef.

The U.S. cattle industry is valued at about $27 billion. In 2003, U.S.
exports were valued at $3.9 billion.

(Additional reporting by Bob Burgdorfer in Chicago)

http://www.reuters.com/printerFriendlyPopup.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=6886205


TSS

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