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Published reports say that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will change its animal feed regulations so that they are identical to those used in Canada, hoping that the move will help toughen the nation’s defenses against mad cow disease.

FDA Commissioner Lester M. Crawford told a conference hosted by the Consumer Federation of America about the new rules, but did not say when they would be enforced.

There have been two confirmed cases of mad cow disease identified in the US, one from a native cow and one from a cow that originated in Canada.

The new rules, according to reports, will prevent ground up cattle tissue from being added to feed for animals other than cows. Concerns are that that tissue eventually could find its way back into cattle feed.
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