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From: TSS ()
Subject: USDA vet: Misquoted on mad cow cover-up
Date: April 14, 2005 at 6:52 pm PST

USDA vet: Misquoted on mad cow cover-up

Washington, DC, Apr. 14 (UPI) -- A former U.S. meat inspector recently cited as saying he would take a lie detector test regarding assertions of a mad cow cover-up says he was misquoted.

Lester Friedlander, a U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarian who retired in 1995, told United Press International when he mentioned his willingness to take a lie detector test he was referring to his assertion that a USDA official had told him in 1991 not to say anything if he ever did find a case of mad cow disease in U.S. herds.

Friedlander was quoted widely in various media reports that he would take a lie detector test regarding his statement that other USDA inspectors had told him of cows that had been tested at private labs and come back positive for the deadly disease.

"I don't know if that's true," Friedlander said. "That's just what they told me."

Friedlander said he was considering an offer from a Los Angeles psychologist to conduct a lie detector test on him.

The USDA denied it had covered up cases of mad cow disease. To date, only one case of the deadly disease has been detected in U.S. cattle.


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