|when mad cow disease was detected in the U.S. in 2003, the Department of Agriculture was headed by Ann M. Veneman, a former food-industry lobbyist. And the department 's response to the crisis -- which amounted to consistently downplaying the threat and rejecting calls for more extensive testing -- seemed driven by the industry 's agenda.
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