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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, May 31, 2007

No Private Testing for Mad Cow Disease

Wos - just when you think that the food supply cannot get any worse -- the government argues against the testing of cattle for mad cow disease . . . .  Here is the brief excerpt from the Wall Street Journal:

The Bush administration said it will fight a ruling allowing meatpackers to test their animals for mad-cow disease. The Agriculture Department tests fewer than 1% of slaughtered cows for the disease. Kansas-based Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wants to test all of its cows. A federal judge ruled in March that such tests must be allowed. The Agriculture Department argues that widespread testing could lead to a false positive. Larger meat companies say if Creekstone tests its meat and advertises it as safe, they might be expected to perform the expensive test, too.

You can find more about the original case, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef v. US Department of Agriculture, as well as a link to the decision, here.  There is more commentary from Firedoglake as well.

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