Possible case of mad cow roils markets

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.

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