- (USAgNet) -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman says
she is expecting more cases of mad cow disease to be found in the United
States, as meat inspection systems are improved. The Secretary says she
can't predict how key buyers of U.S. beef, like Japan, will react.
- Japan was the United States' biggest beef customer before
a single mad cow case in Washington State. Now Australia is the main supplier
as the U.S. works to restore Japanese confidence, which Veneman admits
could be tough.
- "We anticipate that we may find a few additional
cows and we are prepared for that," Veneman said. "Certainly,
we've discussed this with our trading partners, in terms of a very robust
system that we are implementing-in terms of surveillance in this country."
- Veneman hopes America's trading partners will recognize
the U.S. is aggressively trying to find and limit new cases of mad cow
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