USDA officials announced today that 450 calves at a Sunnyside, Wash. bull calf operation will be destroyed. The calf ranch includes the offspring of the cow diagnosed with mad cow disease. Due to insufficient records, officials can not positively identify which calf came from the infected cow.

While officials admit the chance of BSE transmission from cow to calf is very slim, they have opted for the extra margin of safety. No meat from the calves will enter the food supply, nor will it be used in rendering for other products. USDA will pay fair market value for the calves.

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