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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 December, 2003, 22:59 GMT
US reports suspect 'mad cow' case
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The United States has reported its first suspected case of Mad Cow Disease in Washington state.

Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said a single Holstein cow had tested "presumptive positive".

"We remain confident in the safety of our food supply," Ms Veneman told reporters - adding that she planned to serve beef on Christmas Day.

A sample from the cow has been sent to the UK for further tests to see if it had the brain-wasting illness.




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