The U.S. Government Likes Mad Cow Disease

May 31, 2007 at 12:38 pm (frightening things, injustice, politics, stupidity) (, , )

This is ridiculous.

 The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease.

The Agriculture Department tests fewer than 1 percent of slaughtered cows for the disease, which can be fatal to humans who eat tainted beef. A beef producer in the western state of Kansas, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, wants to test all of its cows.

Larger meat companies feared that move because, if Creekstone should test its meat and advertised it as safe, they might have to perform the expensive tests on their larger herds as well.

Oh, the horror of having to check the food you produce for disease or poison before you sell it far and wide…!

And the administration doesn’t want to infringe on the “rights” of meatpackers and the like by instituting regulation, but will also work to make sure they don’t volunteer to regulate themselves? Please.

Via Shakesville.

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5 Comments

  1. oldskychaos said,

    hmmm, the rabbit hole goes deeper. I was told that BSE is actually caused by pesticides that farmers are made to put onto their cows to sell the leather at a higher price. One farmer said he refused because the pesticide was applied to close to the spine and he feared for the health and the health of the calves. He said none of his cows were ever effected. He also said when france adopted the same pesticides, france ended up with cases of BSE.

  2. frecklescassie said,

    So what do the Bushies eat?? And where do they get their food?

  3. Emily said,

    Good question, cassie.

  4. oldskychaos said,

    u really think they shop at tesco? If the rich and famous can get authentic foodstuffs when they want it you can bet the bushes can

  5. frecklescassie said,

    What is tesco?

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