Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.S. Cattle Growers Ban Some Feed Industry Drops Sheep Parts to Fend off Mad Cow Fears

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.S. Cattle Growers Ban Some Feed Industry Drops Sheep Parts to Fend off Mad Cow Fears

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In response to Britain's "mad cow disease" panic, the U.S. livestock industry on Friday voluntarily banned the use of sheep tissue and other animal parts in cattle feed.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture - which noted there has never been a case of the disease in the United States - applauded the industry's move.

While the cause of the disease in cows remains a mystery, one suspected source of the illness has been the use of cow, sheep and goat parts to enrich cattle feed.

The Agriculture Department has been monitoring U.S. cattle for the disease since 1985 but has never detected an infected cow.

Adding ruminant parts to feed is not a common practice in the United States.

The Agriculture Department said it would expedite regulations banning the use of ruminant parts in feed and increase training for food-safety inspectors who guard against the disease.

In Europe Friday, officials rallied around British Prime Minister John Major as he sought political support for a rescue plan for Britain's beef industry, devastated by the scare.

The leaders of the European Union, meeting in Turin, Italy, lined up behind Major after he warned them that the problem was no longer confined to Britain but was hitting farmers all across Western Europe.

"There was a general recognition amongst our (European Union) partners today that this is not just a British problem. …

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