February 20, 2001 |
Gaps in U.S. food safety regulations and enforcement and the dearth of information about how "mad cow" disease spreads have raised questions over whether American consumers really are insulated from the disease that has caused the deaths of 94 people across Europe. While country after country in Europe has fallen prey to Britain's mad cow epidemic, U.S.
February 7, 2001 |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture can seize two flocks of imported sheep suspected of carrying a form of "mad cow" disease, a federal judge ruled in Montpelier. U.S. District Judge J. Garvan Murtha said the owners of the sheep imported from Belgium must comply with an order issued last summer to give up their sheep.
February 3, 2001 |
The United States on Friday followed Canada's lead in temporarily suspending imports of Brazilian beef gravy, corned beef, gelatins and other processed beef products as a precaution against "mad cow" disease and its deadly human variation. The U.S. ban came less than a week after the Food and Drug Administration quarantined a small Texas feedlot for violating rules that forbid using feed containing ground-up bits of cattle. The U.S.
February 2, 2001 |
Europe's "mad cow" crisis has already drastically changed the way Germans eat. Soon it may alter what they wear and how their furniture and cars are upholstered. Demand for beef has dropped as much as 80% since the discovery two months ago of German cows infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. Farmers have been sending far fewer cows to the slaughterhouse, contributing to a dearth of leather across the Continent.
January 31, 2001 |
A candy sold in New York City and other areas of the country after it was pulled from store shelves in Poland in a scare over "mad cow" disease is safe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. FDA spokesman Brad Stone said the agency had contacted the manufacturer of the Mamba fruit chew and was "able to ascertain that they did have certification that they were in compliance" with U.S. food safety regulations and requirements.
January 29, 2001 |
For the first time since he began raising cattle in an ecological idyll, Karl-Heinz Manzke looks set to turn a profit. Suddenly, after a decade of mounting personal debt and public indifference toward foods raised in harmony with Mother Nature, the beef and veal Manzke raises in the rolling countryside along the Polish border are in demand by more than just the politically correct and environmentally trendy.
January 26, 2001 |
About 1,000 cattle in Texas are being quarantined while the Food and Drug Administration determines whether they ate feed from a mill that may have violated rules designed to prevent mad cow disease. The announcement, the FDA's first real crackdown on violations of those rules, came as U.S. cattle producers pressed the government and feed makers to improve compliance with a federal ban on feeding animal meal to cows and sheep.
January 19, 2001 |
As a precaution against the human form of "mad cow" disease, anyone who lived or traveled in France, Portugal or Ireland for a total of 10 years since 1980 should be banned from donating blood in the United States, government advisors said. People can catch the disease by eating infected beef, but there's no proof they can then spread the illness through blood.
January 16, 2001 |
A suspected case of mad cow disease in Italy was found at a slaughterhouse that supplies meat to McDonald's restaurants in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. The slaughterhouse in Lodi, in the northern Lombardy region, belongs to the Cremonini group, the exclusive meat supplier for the American fast food giant's restaurants across Italy, Cremonini spokesman Massimiliano Parboni said Monday. Until Saturday, when the case was discovered, Italy had been considered mad cow-free.
January 9, 2001 |
Slaughterhouse owners and meat transporters blocked traffic for hours at tollbooths in France on Monday to protest stringent new rules on testing cattle for "mad cow" disease. The government's plan to screen 20,000 animals per week hurts an industry already battered by mad cow fears, beef industry unions said. They blocked roads into Paris, Rennes, Lyons and Bordeaux.