WASHINGTON (FNS) -- The beef industry is undertaking a joint study to investigate whether the practice of stunning a cow before slaughter might spread bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, should the fatal brain illness ever surface in the United States. The study, by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Englewood, Colo., and the American Meat Institute, Arlington, Va., follows the recent connection made by a public health advocacy group between the stunning of cattle ...

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