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US tightens its defences against BSE

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 10 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:318
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    US government officials and the farming industry met last week to discuss whether the United States needs to bolster its defences against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), which has yet to be detected in US cattle.

    The US Department of Agriculture has already made it illegal to bring European cattle and beef products into the country. If the disease did surface, the US government speculates that its spread would be limited because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibits giving cattle feed that contains dead mammals, which …

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