NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003
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(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.
(Chicago: Robert Bazell) The lessons learned from the mad cow outbreak in Britain examined; details given about how tainted feed passed the protein to cattle. [Johns Hopkins University Dr. Richard JOHNSON†- comments on the disease; downplays the health risk.] [MIT biology professor Dr. Susan LINDQUIST††- says the disease is devastating.] [Consumers Union Michael HANSEN†- says the FDA's feed ban needs strengthening.] Advice on avoiding mad cow listed on screen.
(Studio: Lester Holt) Second report re-introduced.
(Los Angeles: Jim Avila) The fallout for the beef industry from the single diseased cow examined; scenes shown from the farm in Mabton, Washington; countries banning US beef listed. [Beef industry SPOKESMAN, Arizona rancher Jim OLSON‡- react.] [Analyst Chuck LEVITT††- comments on the beef market.] [Chicago shopper Connie SAMMETT‡- comments.] The industry practice of slaughtering "downer" cows explained. [Consumer Federation of America Carol FOREMAN†- says meat from sick animals should not go into the food supply.]