WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week announced plans to close what it perceives as a gap in the country's defense against bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, by expanding a ban on cattle parts in animal feed. BSE collects in the nervous system tissues, brains and spinal cords of infected animals, and in an effort to prevent the spread of the brain-wasting illness within domestic herds, the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1997 banned the once ...

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