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U.S. gov't fights to prevent testing of all slaughtered cattle for mad cow.

Original post made by Not The Onion, Barron Park, on May 30, 2007

Agriculture Department argues that widespread testing could lead to a false positive that would harm the meat industry.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2007 at 5:20 pm

It was arguments like these that made Oprah make her famous comment about never wanting to eat beef again that got her into all that hot water!!


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Posted by what the heck?
a resident of Midtown
on May 30, 2007 at 11:33 pm

Actually, I too avoid beef because of this issue. It is so irresponsible, but it is in line with our government being by big business and for big business.

It is also in line with how the US always deals with issues of toxicity and dangerous products. We were way behind Europe when it came to banning lead from paint for instance, or flame-retardants in furniture.And we are way behind on testing for mad cow disease. We don't know the extent of the problem in this country and won't until some serious testing happens... but the beef industry would rather we not know.

I for one eat much less beef than I would if they tested adequately.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 1, 2007 at 10:13 am

Why not check all wheat for ergot? Or all Mushroom soup for Deadly Nightshade? The force of the government should go where the risk is great. The lawsuit against Ophra should have been restructured - she libled meat producers by suggesting they did not care about risk to consumers.


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