NCBA, BEEF PRODUCERS OBJECT TO PRIVATE BSE TESTS

DENVER -- The National Cattlemen's Beef Association, independent cattlemen and beef producers came down against private testing of cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Industry representatives said allowing private companies to test all animals -- and market the results -- could disrupt ongoing U.S. negotiations with Japan to lift that country's ban on American beef.Representatives of the

DENVER -- The National Cattlemen's Beef Association, independent cattlemen and beef producers came down against private testing of cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Industry representatives said allowing private companies to test all animals -- and market the results -- could disrupt ongoing U.S. negotiations with Japan to lift that country's ban on American beef.

Representatives of the NCBA and a handful of cattlemen and producers spoke out during a media teleconference la

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