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Why You Should Be Worried About The California Mad Cow Disease

Altogether, the USDA program tests about 40,000 cows a year for mad cow—a tiny fraction of the millions that are slaughtered or otherwise die each year. By contrast, in the European Union, all sick or downed cattle over the age of 4 years old, all healthy cows over six years, are tested before being slaughtered or rendered. The California cow found with mad cow disease was 10 years and seven months old—so it would have been automatically tested in Europe- but it was randomly tested here. It is, therefore, impossible to determine whether this was an isolated case, and raises questions about our testing procedures and practices of feeding poultry litter to cattle.

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