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Mad cow disease-related developments…

  • Mexico announced that it will maintain its partial ban on U.S. beef imports, saying that it believes that the US is not taking sufficient steps to prevent the potential spread of mad cow disease.

  • The US Department of Agriculture said it will use $18.8 million this year to fund the start-up of a National Animal Identification System that is designed to identify and track animals involved with the outbreak of specific diseases.

  • In Montana, a federal judge reportedly has ordered the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) not to allow the import of shipments of bone-in beef and hamburger from young Canadian cattle.

    The judge made the move after an activist group of US farmers filed suit to prevent any relaxation of US policy.

    Not only was mad cow disease detected in Canada, but the cow in the US identified as having the malady reportedly had Canadian roots.

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