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Unformatted text preview: ts & Protein Research Foundation, and the Animal
Protein Producers Industry opposed an FDA ban. Spokesmen for the rendering industry asserted that the link between mad cow disease and
human illness was “totally unsupported by any scientific evidence.” They said that a ban on feeding dead cattle to cattle would be
“unfeasible, impractical, and unenforceable.” They thought any feed change should remain voluntary; strict new FDA regulations would bring
little real benefit and cause great economic harm. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association opposed a total ban on animal proteins,
suggesting instead that feed restrictions should be limited to certain organs known to transmit mad cow: brains, spinal cords, eyeballs. The
American Meat Institute called for muscle meat to be exempted from any FDA ban, along with fats, blood, blood products, and intestinal
material. The National Pork Producers Council said there was absolutely no harm in allowing cattle to continue eating dead pigs.
Consumer groups and public health officials wanted strict controls on what livestock could be fed. The Consumers Union demanded a total...
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- Spring '08