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Saturday, November 19, 2005

They're Baaaack


After a 20-month hiatus, thanks to a ban by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a South Texas tradition has returned to the table.

Tripas, which are made from the tubing than connects the two stomachs in beef cattle, were ordered off the market in January 2004 because of their possible connection with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, more commonly known as mad cow disease.

Slaughterhouses abruptly stopped producing tripas when the ban went into effect. The USDA action came after a cow in Washington tested positive for the fatal brain-wasting disease.

Well, looks like I know what I'm eating when I go over to my aunt's house this weekend.

But what I really want to know is...

Before the ban, Robles sold 30-pound boxes of tripas for $15 to $20 each. On Friday, she was getting $41.29.

"Right now, they're in high demand," she said. "But we expect the price to drop soon."

Why isn't someone looking into tripas price gouging?