Mad Cow Rampage

June 25, 2005 at 7:49 am | Posted in Food and Drink, Politics | Leave a comment

Not only is the Bush Corporate Government needlessly endangering military lives, but their close ties to the food industry may be endangering the lives of all food-eating Americans.

An NPR report (Real Audio) and a more detailed followup describes how the second case of Mad Cow (BSE) disease was found and it shows the following shortcomings of the current process. Our government claims this is “world-class” when it is clearly not so.

  • They are only screening “downer” animals, but like cancer, BSE will often be present in normal-looking animals. It is even worse if a long time passes between the test and the time the animal is killed.
  • A negative first test for BSE results in no further testing. Other countries either run a second independent test and/or test all their animals.
  • We don’t have a world-class BSE detection unit. We have to outsource to England, where they have plenty of Mad Cow experience and are willing to take the necessary steps to ensure food safety.
  • This shows the importance of independent elements in our government to reverse or reconsider earlier decisions. I’m sure the BushCo response to this would be to eliminate these “troublemakers”.

It is obvious that scientific integrity is not high within the USDA – their priority is to minimize the cost to the food industry, not to save lives. They forgot to tell us that the “gold standard” they were using was based on fool’s gold. From another recent article:

“USDA strategy is basically to cross its fingers and hope that beef from a BSE-infected animal doesn’t end up on Americans’ dinner plates.”

Sounds like faith-based science to me. Between the first case in December 2003 to the second case this month, how many BSE-infected cows have made it to the food supply? I suppose you can go to your local In-N-Out and find out.

Unlike most BushCo lovers, I perfectly understand if other countries won’t be lifting their bans on American beef anytime soon.

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