FDA chief: Mad-cow related ban will be tightened

Monday, September 19th 2005, 2:57 pm
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The US government will close a gap against the spread of mad cow disease by changing feed regulations to mirror those in Canada.

Canada has regulations banning at-risk tissues from feed for all animals, including chickens, pigs and pets.

The first US case of mad cow disease, confirmed in late 2003, was in a Canadian-born cow in Washington state and the second case was in June when a Texas-born cow tested positive.

Oklahoma is one of the top cattle producing states in the nation. There have been NO cases in the Sooner State.

Food and Drug Administration commissioner Lester Crawford said today the new regulations will be coming soon, but didn't say when.