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Most Consumers want Cows Tested

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WASHINGTON, Jan 27, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A new survey released Tuesday found seven in 10 U.S. adults who eat meat said they would pay more to support testing for mad cow disease.

The survey, by Consumers Union, also found 95 percent of those adults said they would pay up to 10 cents more a pound to ensure their meat was safe. Nearly six in 10 respondents say they strongly believe all cows at U.S. slaughterhouses should be tested for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, which causes the fatal disease. At present, the U.S. Department of Agriculture tests only 20,000 animals a year for the presence of mad cow disease, or less than one-tenth of 1 percent of cattle slaughtered.

Researchers also found 89 percent of respondents said they strongly believe the USDA should have the authority to recall contaminated meat from the food supply, and 78 percent said they think the agency should make public the names of stores and restaurants that sold contaminated meat.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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