The Center for Science in the Public Interest distributed a news release calling for creation of a mandatory animal identification and tracking system in the United States. CSPI has produced a report titled "Name That Cow" that makes a number of recommendations, including calling for the United States to move quickly to implement a mandatory national system.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association responded, saying that it is interesting that a major consumer advocacy group such as CSPI recognizes the science that shows there is no publichealth risk from importing Canadian cattle and beef, but NCBA is concerned CSPI has incorrectly positioned animal identification as a food safety program, instead of an animal-healthmanagement system.

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