In February, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, the 9-year-old, Arkansas City, Kan., processor of Black Angus beef, requested permission from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin private testing of all its Black Angus cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Meetings last month between John Stuart, Creekstone's president and chief executive officer, and representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, failed to change the agency's position that universal testing is not necessary ...
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