Pressure is mounting for a federal investigation into a possible second
case of Mad Cow Disease in San Angelo, Texas. Two weeks ago, a cow staggered
and collapsed at a Lone Star Beef slaughterhouse, and under federal law
should have been tested for the deadly disease. According to government
and industry sources, a federal inspector was in the process of taking
a brain sample to test for the disease but was ordered to stop by the
regional headquarters of the Texas Department of Agriculture. Instead,
the cow was sent to a rendering plant to be made into animal food. According
to Felicia Nestor, director of food safety at the Government Accountability
Project, there have been several recent instances where government offices
have attempted to keep inspectors from testing cows showing symptoms of
Mad Cow Disease.