Company decides to test all processed animals for BSE, rival complains

MANHATTAN, Kan. - A Kansas meatpacker "abandoned" U.S. trade policy when it decided to test every animal processed at one of its plants for mad cow disease, a rival said Friday.
Steve Hunt, chief executive of U.S. Premium Beef, told The Associated Press the industry was concerned when Creekstone Farms announced plans to test every animal slaughtered at its Arkansas City plant for mad cow disease.
"We think it is a trade issue. ... It is always difficult when one of your parties abandons the strategy," Hunt said.
Creekstone Farms is seeking approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to perform the voluntary testing. The Kentucky-based company has said it has assurances from its Asian customers they would accept its beef products if it tests every carcass.

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