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Beef Industry / Mad Cow Disease / Import Bans #744641

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Washington: Christy Feig) The case of mad cow disease in Washington state featured; details given about mad cow disease in Britain & about how cows & people can get infected. [Secretary of Agriculture Ann VENEMAN - says a single cow has tested positive; states the food supply is safe & the risk is low.] [National Cattlemen's Beef Assn. Chandler KEYS†- asserts beef is safe.] Statement from Lisa Howard, spokeswoman for McDonald's, quoted. The protective "firewalls" in the US to prevent the disease in US cattle discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) The ban of American beef by Japan & South Korea noted. [Via videophone from Tokyo, Steve HERMAN†- talks about the rapid halt to beef imports; explains how the export of Australian beef will profit from the ban on both American & Canadian beef.]

Brown, Aaron;
Feig, Christy

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