Mad Cow Disease: Are Our Precautions Adequate? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Foreign Commerce and Tourism, of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session, April 4, 2001 [open pdf - 2MB]
From the opening statement of Peter G. Fitzgerald: "Mad cow disease is back in the news. Although reports of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, are down significantly in Great Britain, where the disease peaked in 1993 with an estimated 1,000 cases per week, other European countries once thought immune to the disease are now reporting cases of BSE. The spread of the disease throughout Europe invites our re-examination of the measures in place in the United States to prevent transmissible animal diseases. Additionally, we have recently witnessed graphic images of the mass slaughter of the animals in Britain to control the latest outbreak of foot and mouth disease, a blight unrelated to BSE. Some consumers apparently did not distinguish between foot and mouth disease and mad cow disease and other questions are arising as well." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Conrad Burns, Byron L. Dorgan, John Ensign, Peter G. Fitzgerald, Gordon Smith, Ben Campbell, Caroline S. DeWaal, Richard J. Durbin, James H. Hodges, William D. Hueston, Richard T. Johnston, Peter Lurie, Chuck Schroeder, Richard Sellers, Stephen Sundlof, and Alfonso Torres.
S. Hrg. 107-1060
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