Have the lessons been learnt?

With the spread of the BSE widen in the U.S., one question that interests me is whether the U.S. government has learnt from the European experience in the last decade?

Would the USDA continue to deny any risks of infected meat in the food supply (like the U.K. Chief Medical Officer in the 1990)?

Would USDA heeds to the advise of the scientists (unlike the U.K. minister) ?

Would officials of USDA pulls a publicity stunts like the U.K. agriculture minister with his six years old daughter?

More importantly, how long before public realize the magnitude of this discovery and express concerns for their health?

Will there be a boycott of beef products in the supermarket like in Europe? How would this affect the restaurant business, especially steak houses? And what about the cattle industry?

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