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Irvine, CA. (December 30, 2003)--

The following is a statement by Scott Wallace, CEO of Gardenburger Authentic Foods, Inc., issued in reaction to the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman’s pronouncement of new restrictions on U.S. beef in an attempt to curtail concerns over the nation’s first confirmed case of Mad Cow disease.

“Gardenburger emphatically endorses the steps taken today by the Department of Agriculture. However, we encourage Secretary Veneman to adopt the balance of the World Health Organization’s guidelines for the prevention of Mad Cow disease, including:

  • Like Japan, test all cows for BSE
  • Ban restaurant plate waste from cattle feed
  • Ban feeding of all slaughterhouse and animal waste to livestock
  • Ban use of all animal tissues in animal feed.”

    For those consumers with concerns about meat supply, Gardenburger offers a wide range of products that closely duplicate the taste and texture of real meat products such as Hamburger, Ribs, Chicken and Pork. All Gardenburger products are 100% Natural, low in fat, cholesterol and "net" carbohydrates. Most products also provide the many health benefits associated with soy protein and can be easily incorporated in most healthy, balanced diets.

    Kristen Siefkin
    Gardenburger Inc.
    Telephone: 503-221-0480

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