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Beef Industry / Mad Cow Disease #744665

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Agriculture Department statement that the cow in Washington state may have contracted mad cow disease from infected feed reported.

(Mabton, Washington: Bill Redeker) The investigation in Washington into the infected cow featured; details given about concerns that infected meat may have been consumed. [Illinois animal sciences department professor Jan NOVAKOFSKI†- comments on the numbers to be investigated.] [Vern's Moses Lake Meat, Inc., Dave LOUTHAN†- comments on the meat.] USDA statement downplaying the risk quoted.

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(Washington: Lisa Stark) Questions about US procedures to screen for mad cow disease examined. [Center for Science in the Public Interest Caroline Smith DeWAAL†- says infected cows could get through our system.] ["Mad Cow U.S.A." co-author John STAUBER†- says a complete ban on using rendered animal byproducts as feed is needed.] [Mt. Sinai School of Medicine neurology department Dr. Warren OLANOW†- offers perspective on the disease.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Countries banning US beef imports listed on screen.

(Devine, Texas: Mike von Fremd) The impact on the beef & feed industries examined; scenes shown from a ranch in Devine,† Texas. [Feed lot owner Ernie MORALES†- comments.] [Alaron Trading Co. Chuck LEVITT†- says it will cost the cattle industry billions.] [Tarwater Farms Feedstore Jeff JAGER†- comments on the trickle-down effect.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) A sell-off on Wall Street cited; statistics cited on the drop in stock for Tyson Foods & McDonald's.

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Redeker, Bill;
Stark, Lisa;
von Fremd, Mike

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