U.S. Mad Cow Safeguards Hit Ethnic Delicacies

The discovery in December of the first case of mad cow disease in the United States prompted USDA this month to put a stop to human consumption of cattle intestines. For the cattle and beef industries, which have long prided themselves on being able to market just about everything except the "moo," the USDA decision marked one of the few times an animal part was banned for human consumption.
It was taken out of fear that cattle intestines carry the abnormal protein thought to cause mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a fatal neurological illness humans can get from eating contaminated beef.

Source: Reuters
calendar icon 29 January 2004
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