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Way to Track U.S. Cattle Isn't Ready for Quick Use

n animal identification system that the Agriculture Department has said it will begin putting in place immediately to help safeguard the meat supply against mad cow disease is expected to take a year or two to phase in, an official said yesterday. Weaknesses in tracking cattle have been revealed in the last week as officials have scrambled to try to locate cows connected to the one in Washington State found to be infected with mad cow disease. The purpose of a new system would be to find cows that might have been involved in disease outbreaks and trace them to their origins within 48 hours. Full Story

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