Possible case of mad cow roils markets
Tentative results in Canada cause investors to worry
By JERRY BISECT and BOB BURGDORFER
Reuters News Service / Houston Chronicle
CHICAGO – A possible new case of mad cow disease in Canada rattled the U.S. cattle markets Thursday because the animal in question was born after a 1997 feed ban that was enacted to prevent the disease.
Investors fretted that the discovery, which could be the fifth native-born case of the brain-wasting bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Canada, could shake consumer confidence in the $200 billion U.S. beef and cattle production industry.