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Farm Challenges USDA Rules

When Arkansas City, Kan.-based Creekstone Farms Premium Beef decided to appease its overseas customers by voluntarily testing its cattle for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) threatened criminal prosecution.

Creekstone fought back, filing suit in March in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that the USDA's refusal to allow it to test for BSE is "outside of its statutory authority, irrational, based on inappropriate considerations, and contrary to fundamental principals of our American form of government."

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