More good news about conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Results of a Swedish study published in the August issue of Lipids suggest that CLA, a group of fatty acids found in dairy and meat products, prevents fat from accumulating in the body, thereby reducing body fat mass.

The Uppsala University study is the latest in a series of four published studies to demonstrate that CLA reduces fat deposition in the body, says Delbert Dorscheid, MD, PhD, University of British Columbia.

“This action generates a healthier body with more lean muscle and less fat, particularly belly fat which can be associated with many other medical problems,” he adds.

In the latest study, 53 men and women were randomly assigned to either a CLA-treated group (Natural, Inc.'s Tonalin® CLA) or to a control group that received olive oil capsules. The CLA group experienced body fat reductions of 3.8% over the 14-week trial. Additional human studies on the body fat reduction aspects of CLA are anticipated in the next six months.

For more on CLA and its effects in cattle, see the November issue of BEEF, page 38.

Check out for a wealth of foreign animal disease info. Look for the anthrax and foreign animal disease listings on the opening page.

The Livestock Marketing Information Center has a new Web address. Visit for educational and research materials, as well as current market conditions and assistance from marketing specialists. LMIC is a cooperative effort between USDA and Extension.

We at BEEF offer our deepest condolences to the family of Dick Spader. Spader, who died Oct. 13 at the age of 56, had served as executive vice president of the American Angus Association (AAA) since 1981. Truly an industry giant, he presided over and helped direct tremendous change and growth within AAA that ultimately helped reshape the U.S. beef industry. A man widely known for his integrity and charm, he will be greatly missed.

His wife Sheri and their children Jared, Brett and Alyssa request that any memorials be made to the Angus Foundation for scholarships in his memory. Mail to the American Angus Association, 3201 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64506. Cards of sympathy can also be directed to the AAA office.

Meat eating might slow the progress of breast and prostate cancer, scientists say. While it's too early to make radical dietary recommendations, Zichan Haroon of the Stanford Research Institute tells the Miami Herald the work suggests “we don't always have to go with fancy new ways to look for cures. They're right here around us.”

Haroon and University of South Florida scientists examined glycine, an amino acid found abundantly in beef, chicken and fish. The amino acid reduced breast tumor growth in rats by 15% and appeared to prevent the formation of new blood vessels that provide the sustenance needed to enhance tumor growth.

This monthly column is compiled by Joe Roybal, 952/851-4669 or e-mail