¶ According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, meat from the Washington state dairy cow that tested positive in December for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, otherwise known as mad cow disease, was butchered at Vern’s Moses Lake Meats in Moses Lake, Wash., deboned at Midway Meats in Centralia, Wash., and processed at Willamette Valley Meats and Interstate Meats in the Portland, Ore., area.

Todd Larimer, international sales manager of Washington Beef Co., says the company is “in no way” connected to the mad cow case in Washington state. Stories published Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 about beef from the affected cow did not fully explain the processing.

¶ Misawa Air Base, Japan, officials, clarifying their position last week, say they did not mean to bar Stars and Stripes from asking on-base servicemembers their opinions about the recent court ruling prohibiting the U.S. military from ordering personnel to get anthrax vaccinations. They said they wouldn’t “support” Stripes’ request for a reaction story published Dec. 24.

¶ A story in Wednesday’s edition mischaracterized a new South Korean-United States provost marshal office. It’s a combined office, meaning South Korean and U.S. military personnel will work together.

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