Responding to concerns about the safety of beef, Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials said the AAFES stores have not received beef from Washington state, where the first apparent case of mad cow disease was discovered recently (see previous item). Officials are working with franchise partners and suppliers to ensure all beef served by AAFES is procured from sources other than Washington, said Richard Sheff, food and theater vice president. “Food being served at AAFES facilities is purchased only from Department of Defense-approved sources,” he added. The AAFES staff veterinarian/food and drug safety office maintains communication with the DOD veterinary service/Army surgeon general’s office to ensure procurement actions are based on the most current information available, officials said.