Sales of beef products remain strong in Colorado despite the discovery of the first U-S case of mad cow disease last month.
Fred Lombardi, head of the Colorado Beef Council, told a group of state lawmakers today that the word is getting out here and across the country that American beef is safe to eat.
He stressed the disease is only present in the brains and spinal cords of infected animals.
Lombardi says the organs are being removed from all cattle over 30 months of age. There are no cases of the disease being found in
animals younger than that.
Cattlemen are still suffering because nations like Korea and Japan banned U-S beef imports after the discovery. The cattle and beef industry brings three billion dollars into Colorado's economy each year.