Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and other senate democrats have come forward in support of testing all U.S. cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy at slaughter. He noted that it may not be feasible to test all cattle in the near future, largely because currently USDA can not complete a test within one to two days. He does, however, believe the governement and industry should move toward total testing.

"I believe more testing is in order," Daschle said at a Washington, DC, news conference. He also took the opportunity to renew his call for mandatory country-of-origin labeling for beef and pork. While the House approved a two-year delay on the mandatory COOL of Sept. 30, 2004, the Senate has not yet made its final decision. Certainly the BSE episode will breath new life into COOL's chances of timely impliementation. 

Other Midwest lawymakers joined Daschle in telling USDA Secretary Ann Veneman to close the border to all Canadian beef products for a time.

Meanwhile, USDA workers have euthanized a herd of 450 bull calves associated with offspring from the one BSE-infected cow. USDA officials say the carcasses will be buried in an Eastern Washington landfill.

USDA news release, Meatingplace.com