WASHINGTON -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman announced last week that so-called "downer cattle" -- animals unable to walk on their own at the slaughter plant -- will be barred from being used as food for humans. The order is part of a larger government plan to ensure that meat from those animals cannot be sold until tests show they are free of mad cow disease. Veneman also announced a ban on the use of small intestines from cattle in human food. She said a new regulation would be ...

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