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Interesting piece over on on how Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) "has slammed the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for not responding effectively and efficiently to the first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), better known as mad cow disease, found on US soil.

"At a US Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Harkin said that despite the fact that the outbreak took place more than two months ago, it still has not been ascertained to what extent mad cow disease is present in the US. USDA insists that this is an isolated case that has been contained and that the infection was identified in a cow that came from Canada; USDA has, in fact, has shut down the ongoing investigation."

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