USDA CHANGES MAD COW PROCEDURE

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to hold off on declaring inconclusive or "false positive" test results for bovine spongiform encephalopathy until two rapid screening tests raise red flags may come as a relief to beef industry leaders concerned the announcements could create panic over mad cow disease. Previously, the agency had announced inconclusive results after only

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to hold off on declaring inconclusive or "false positive" test results for bovine spongiform encephalopathy until two rapid screening tests raise red flags may come as a relief to beef industry leaders concerned the announcements could create panic over mad cow disease. Previously, the agency had announced inconclusive results after only one screening.

Implemented earlier this month, the change does not alter any aspect of th

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