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Americans’ True Risk From Mad Cow Disease: None

If you haven’t seen the April 30 issue of People magazine, pick up a copy. Page 95 is a profile of risk-analysis expert George Gray, who brings some much-needed sanity to the mad-cow debate in the United States. “I’ve got two kids,” he says, “and I feel very comfortable serving them meat.” Gray says that the USDA has inspectors in every domestic slaughterhouse, and notes that we’ve “never had a case of mad cow or vCJD” in America.
,br>Gray runs the Food Safety and Agriculture program at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Center for Risk Analysis. His bottom line? “You can still feel very comfortable making the choices you’ve always made. I started my study of the potential for mad cow disease in the U.S. as a meat eater and I’m still a meat eater.

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