Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Mad cow disease
It is really important that all communities support the
Mabton and Sunnyside farms, ranches, families and businesses involved with the
recent case of BSE.
We must not let this situation hurt our neighbors. There are
experts and caring professionals dealing with the cause and effect of one
confirmed case of BSE.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug
Administration will take all actions necessary to protect animal health,
consumers and the food supply.
BSE is not known to spread from animal to animal according
to latest science. The most critical animal health control measure—a ruminant
feed ban—has been in place since 1997. They can quickly contain BSE and
The real issue is how people react to this situation. It is
important that all communities support our neighbors and do everything possible
to make certain their businesses and the health of their economy is protected.
/s/ Loran Hickton, President & CEO of Salmon Creek
Public Relations, Vancouver