Mad Cow

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A federal panel suggested that the U.S. government step up testing for mad cow disease to evaluate any risk to American consumers.

Members of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel made the recommendation yesterday (Friday) at a meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland, The New York Times reported today (Saturday).

In December, a cow from a Mabton, Washington, dairy became the first U.S. animal to test positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.

The panelists said testing a greater number of cows was necessary to determine whether cosmetics, dietary supplements, drugs and the blood supply are adequately protected from the disease.