August 31, 2008

Federal Court Blocks Testing For Mad Cow Disease

The USDA tests 1% of cattle for "mad cow disease." Kansas-based Creekstone Farms Premium Beef exporters want to test 100% of their cattle for the disease. But the Bush administration, in an effort to protect your safety has sued the company claiming it is illegal for them to test all of their cattle.

And guess who agrees with Bushie? Of course, the large meat packing corporations who "fear they too will have to conduct the expensive tests" if Creekstone Farms Premium Beef began advertising that all of its cattle had been tested.

The administration cites the the "low level of testing reflects the rareness of the disease." Maybe we should apply this logic to the TSA as well. Terrorists are extremely rare, only 1% of passengers ought to be checked by airport security.

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