Less Mad Cow Testing For Everyone!

Despite the fact that over the last couple of months there have been several reports of U.S. cattle infected with Mad Cow’s Disease, the USDA intends to ramp down its testing of American cattle herds, not ramp it up.

In one of the most bizarre quotes we’ve read recently, the Forbes article writes: “Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns pointed out testing is not a food safety measure. Rather, it’s a way to find out the prevalence of the disease.”

Wait a second, bozo. Finding out the prevalence of the disease is a food safety measure. It prevents you from selling infected cattle; consequently, it prevents us from eating it and developing horrific brain disorders. We grant that Mad Cow hysteria is just that — a largely overblown threat. Still, it is absolutely imperative for public safety and consumer’s ease-of-mind that there be strict safeguards in place that continuously test a significant statistical sample for the disease and prevent any suspected cattle from being sold. Cutting back on testing just when fears are starting to reignite is a disastrous decision; hand-waving and saying testing is not a “food safety measure” is both insulting and insane.

Government to Scale Back Mad Cow Testing [Forbes]

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  1. Paul D says:

    Wait a second, bozo. Finding out the prevalence of the disease is a food safety measure.

    Boom. Well said.

    Nail meets hammer.

  2. LLH says:

    so let me get this straight, they’re just going to ‘wait it out’? i wonder if people know that the only way to do the test for BSE is to open the cranial cavity, get some brain matter from the middle and then test it for the virus. that means the cow has to have died. by the time the cow goes ape-shit it’s WAY too late. cows that haven’t developed the final stage symtoms could already be in the food chain. in humans it can take up to 10 years to show up as CJD. i lived in the UK during the whole outbreak there. it broke my heart to see all of the culling going on. i can’t even give blood in the US because i ate UK beef. how retarded is that?!

  3. Juancho says:

    Not to get all militant, but this has been coming for a long time. Not only is the Bush administration for deregulation, but when it comes to protecting the public, they’re in the pocket of big business. They have done things liek raise acceptable pollution levels and lower food safety. Sad.