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Dec 30, 2004

Dec 30, 2004

Canada reports suspected BSE case

(CIDRAP News) – Canada today reported what could be its second case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), only hours after the US government announced plans to ease restrictions on the importation of Canadian cattle.

Nov 24, 2004

Nov 24, 2004

USDA says cow didn't have BSE

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) ended 6 days of suspense for the beef industry by announcing late yesterday that a cow suspected of having bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) didn't have the disease after all.

Oct 21, 2004

Oct 21, 2004

GAO says USDA, FDA should improve food recalls

(CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) asserted this week that weaknesses in the government's systems for handling food recalls increase the risk that consumers will buy and eat unsafe food.

Oct 15, 2004

Oct 15, 2004

US guideline aims to keep BSE agent out of animal feed

(CIDRAP News) –The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a new guideline to prevent the use of cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in any animal feed.

Aug 03, 2004

Aug 03, 2004

Canadian beef mislabeling leads to US recall

(CIDRAP News) – A Pennsylvania firm has voluntarily recalled about 170,000 pounds of ground beef patties made partly from Canadian beef that was mislabeled and ineligible for import to the United States, the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced recently.

Jul 14, 2004

Jul 14, 2004

USDA inspector general says BSE hunt is flawed

(CIDRAP News) – A draft report by the inspector general of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the department's expanded surveillance program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has several flaws that could lead to unreliable estimates of the prevalence of BSE in American cattle.

Jul 06, 2004

Jul 06, 2004

Ridge, Veneman mark launch of food and ag security centers

(CIDRAP News) – The launching of separate national research centers for food security and foreign animal diseases was hailed by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman in a ceremony at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis today.

May 21, 2004

May 21, 2004

USDA says Canadian beef imported despite ban was safe

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) acknowledged today that it allowed the importation of about 7.3 million pounds of Canadian beef that was officially banned under rules intended to keep bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) out of the United States.

May 14, 2004

May 14, 2004

USDA picks more BSE labs, sets talks with Japan

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved five more laboratories to test cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), bringing the number of labs involved in the expanding BSE surveillance program to 12.

May 04, 2004

May 04, 2004

BSE test omitted for downer cow in Texas

(CIDRAP News) – US Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors at a slaughter plant in Texas neglected to test a cow for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) after the cow showed suspicious signs, the USDA said yesterday.

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