CHARLOTTE -- Though there have been no reports to date in the United States of the same animal diseases sweeping Europe, the possibility of U.S. outbreaks is very much on the minds of industry representatives scheduled to attend the Annual Meat Conference here, April 22-24. In fact, it was only two weeks ago that the red alert went up involving hogs at a North Carolina farm, just east of Raleigh. The U.S. Department of Agriculture rushed tissue samples to its testing facility on Plum Island ...

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