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Karen Eggert  (301) 734-7280
Jim Rogers     (202) 690-4755

MEDIA ADVISORY: USDA Chief Veterinarian Proposes Expansion Of BSE Minimal-Risk Rule

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2007--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief veterinarian, John Clifford, will hold an audio conference today from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. on a proposed rule that would allow older-aged cattle among other imports to enter the United States from minimal-risk countries.  Reporters will be provided an opportunity to ask questions.

Conference call number:  866–4–USDACOM (866–487–3226).

Passcode: USDA

If there are problems accessing the audio briefing please call:  877–855–4797.


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