5 Jan 2004

Mad Cow Disease doubtful to reach American Samoa

12:32 pm on 5 January 2004

The United States Department of Agriculture says its doubtful any meat discovered in the US as having mad cow disease will have reached American Samoa.

It's been confirmed that meat from an animal with BSE was sent to Hawaii and Guam, along with a number of US states.

A USDA meat inspector says most of American Samoa's meat is imported from Australia and New Zealand.

The inspector says according to US records required by law, no meat has been distributed in the territory.

Federal officials say parts of the cow most likely to carry infection, such as the brain, spinal cord and lower intestine are removed, before being processed for human consumption.