reader (the Second) said:Corralling Cow Costs
The Department of Agriculture's budget proposes testing far fewer animals for mad-cow disease next year.
The president's budget would fund testing of 40,000 animals, a sharp drop from the 210,000 animals tested so far under the department's current surveillance program, which began June 1.
USDA spokesman Ed Loyd said this year's testing is part of a one-time, widespread-surveillance program to identify the prevalence of mad-cow, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, following the discovery of a BSE-infected cow in December 2003. One of the program's goals was to determine the optimal number of animals to test in subsequent years, Mr.
Loyd said. The answer, he said, was 40,000 a year.
Overall, the Bush budget would spend $66 million to keep BSE out of the nation's food supply. The money would go toward animal testing and developing a national animal-identification program. The figure also includes $7.5 million for mad-cow research, to fund a team of 15 scientists to develop improved diagnostic tests, to improve the department's understanding of how the disease is transmitted, and examining different strains of the disease.
The USDA will continue to test animals considered high risk, including those older than 30 months and showing signs of neurological illness. So far, none has tested positive for mad-cow disease.
--Sara Schaefer Muñoz
A Look Inside the Details
Of the Budget Request
For Fiscal 2006
February 8, 2005; Page A15
Now wait a minuite!!!
"The USDA will continue to test animals considered high risk, including those older than 30 months and showing signs of neurological illness. So far, none has tested positive for mad-cow disease."
MRJ and others insisted that the US is just testing the high risk animals the same as Canada is doing. WELL obviously NOT!!
Testing is going to drop from 210,000 to 40,000 so the majority of US animals currently being tested are NOT from the 4D population.