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Unformatted text preview: 5, the first case of BSE was found in Italy. The infected animal was discovered at a slaughterhouse near Modena that supplied
ground beef to McDonald’s restaurants in a number of European countries.
The fear of mad cow disease caused beef sales in the EU to plummet by as much as 50 percent, and news from the United States was
hardly reassuring to consumers there. A federal investigation of American feed mills and rendering plants found that many companies had
not been taking the threat of mad cow — or the FDA’s new feed regulations — very seriously. More than one-quarter of the firms handling
“prohibited” feed neglected to add a label warning that it should never be given to cattle. One-fifth of the firms handling both prohibited
feeds and feeds approved for cattle had no system in place to prevent commingling or cross-contamination. And about one out of every ten
rendering firms was completely unaware that the FDA had passed feed restrictions to prevent the spread of mad cow. In Colorado, more than
one-quarter of the cattle-feed producers had somehow never heard about the new rules.
The federal government’s apparent inabi...
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- Spring '08