USDA Refused To Heed Warnings Of Atypical Strains Of Mad Cow Disease Since Research Reported Likelihood Of Variant In 1993

The Unites States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finally admitted that the U.S. may have its own variant of mad cow disease after confirming two cases of mad cow disease reported in Texas and Alabama were atypical strains of the disease. The Agency can no longer dismiss the scientific research published in 1993 by Dr. Richard Marsh of the University of Wisconsin that warned about "the presence of an unrecognized BSE-like disease in the United States."

"Rather than heeding the evidence presented by scientists like Dr. Richard Marsh, the USDA chose to ignore it," said Gene Bauston, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary. "We are concerned that the USDA adopted a

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