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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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