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USDA Can Stop Mad Cow Tests

The U.S. government has the authority to bar meat companies from testing their animals for mad cow disease, a federal appeals court has ruled.  The Department of Agriculture’s failure to test more than a fraction of cows for the brain-wasting disease prompted one meat company to announce that it would test all of its bovines, the Associated Press reported.  But the government turned thumbs down on that request, from Kansas meat producer Creekstone Farms. Bigger meat packers feared the move would force them to employ the costly test on all of their cows, as well, the wire service said.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in overturning a lower court ruling, upheld the government’s right to prevent Creekstone from testing its cows, the AP said.

  • Bix

    It drives me crazy to think I am paying, through my taxes, for the USDA to step in and prevent businesses from testing their product.
    You can understand the USDA claiming they don’t have the resources to get involved in private testing for a disease they say isn’t an issue here in the US anyway (a statement that can’t be backed up with fact since we don’t test).
    But to spend what little resources they do have to sue a company to prevent them from testing – not only does it draw attention to their priorities, protecting business at the expense of public health, but it draws suspicion as to the true BSE infection level in US cattle.