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REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Des Moines, Iowa) Contamination of cattle in Michigan in 1973 with PBBs and in Oregon in 1978 with dioxin recalled; films shown. FDA's concern over presence of chemical residues in consumers' meat examined. [USDA spokesperson Dr. William CARTER - thinks amount of residue is small; defs. agency.] Limitations of USDA tests for chemicals in meat explained. [USDA spokesperson Dr. Harold BRUNE - dismisses concern.] Criticism that Reagan administration's hands-off policy towards business is perpetuating chemical contamination of meat noted. [Former assistant secretary of agriculture Carol Tucker FOREMAN - recalls policy decision to not have adversary rel. with industry] Admin.'s budget cuts in meat inspection and testing cited.
REPORTER: Bob McNamara
- McNamara, Bob;
- Rather, Dan
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