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The Sacramento Bee reports that the US cattle industry is looking to water down a federal ban on the use of lame or “downer” cattle.

The ban was originally implemented because of the first discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), better known as mad cow disease, on US soil.

However, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) has introduced legislation that would allow the use of animals that are lame because of broken legs or non-mad cow-related ailments. Peterson is backed by beef industry special interest groups, which say that farmers are needlessly losing $75 million because of a policy that does not protect consumers.

Consumer groups oppose any change in the ban.
KC's View:
The key is testing. Testing as many cows as possible. And being intelligent in how we apply bans and laws.