Mad Cow Disease in the US

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The US meat industry is scrambling to contain the damage caused by last week's discovery of a single instance of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy--or Mad Cow Disease. Officials say the sick animal was traced to a herd in Alberta, Canada. The detection has led to a recall of 10,000 pounds of meat in eight US states and the US territory of Guam. Critics in the US, including Democratic presidential hopefuls, say more needs to be done to make the industry safe. Meantime, a USDA team is trying to persuade officials in Japan to reverse a ban on American beef, part of a multi-national boycott which threatens to cost the meat industry billions of dollars. Guest host Jim Moret speaks with members of the dairy and meat industries, a consumer advocate, food safety expert and agricultural economist about the health concerns arising from BSE and how the US meat industry is coping with the fallout.
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Guest Jim Moret has had an extensive career in both local and national television news reporting over the past 20 years, including nearly a decade at CNN. In addition he co-anchored CNN's The World Today, served as frequent guest host on Larry King Live and Burden of Proof. Recently, Moret appeared in the film, A Mighty Wind, and TV dramas such as The Practice and The West Wing. He has been a member of the California bar since 1981.

Fathi's article on rescue efforts in Iran

US Centers for Disease Control on BSE and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

US Department of Agriculture on BSE

Altadis on recent lawsuit



Warren Olney