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Expert Panel Sees More U.S. Mad Cow Cases

The U.S. government should ban cattle brains and spinal material in livestock feed and pet food to prevent the spread of mad cow disease, an international panel said on Wednesday, saying more U.S. cases were probable. The panel noted there was a “high probability” that other infected cattle have been imported from Canada and possibly Europe. Their report gave no estimate of how many animals, and said that contaminated material from them “has likely” been rendered into cattle feed. Mad cow disease is spread through livestock feed contaminated with the brain, spinal cord or nervous system tissue, known as specified risk material (SRM), of infected animals. “All SRM must be excluded from all animal feed, including pet food,” the panel’s chairman, Urlich Kihm, told a special meeting of USDA officials. Full Story

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