The Department of Agriculture on Friday refused to allow a Kansas beef producer to test all its cattle for
mad cow disease, saying such sweeping tests were ``not scientifically warranted.''
The exporter, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, wanted to use newly approved rapid tests so it could resume selling
its fat-marbled Black Angus beef to Japan, which banned imports of American beef after a cow slaughtered in Washington state
last December tested positive for mad cow disease.
The company has complained that the ban is costing it $40,000 a day and forced it to lay off 50 employees.
The Agriculture Department's undersecretary for marketing and regulation, Bill Hawks, said in a statement
Friday that the rapid tests, which are used in Japan and Europe, were licensed for surveillance of animal health -- while
Creekstone's use would have ``implied a consumer safety aspect that is not scientifically warranted.'' ...
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