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The Associated Press September 15, 2010, 11:23AM ET

Illinois gets $1.2M to conduct mad-cow inspections

Illinois will receive $1.2 million in federal funding to conduct inspections aimed at preventing mad cow disease.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has entered an agreement with the state Department of Agriculture, which will provide the money to ensure cattle feed produced and used in the state does not contain ingredients that could transmit the cow brain-wasting disease during the next five years.

Illinois was one of several states to receive funding.

Experts believe the disease is spread by feed contaminated with tissue from the nervous system of infected cattle. Such tissue has been banned from feed since 1997.

State agriculture officials completed 400 inspections during the past two years and collected and analyzed more than 1,000 feed samples.

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