Bush administration fights to prevent testing for mad cow diease
Dave Ward | May 30, 2007 at 12:09 pmby
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But the reality is even worse. The Bush administration is fighting to prevent meatpackers from testing all their cattle for mad cow.
The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease.
The Agriculture Department tests fewer than 1 percent of slaughtered cows for the disease, which can be fatal to humans who eat tainted beef. A beef producer in the western state of Kansas, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, wants to test all of its cows.
Larger meat companies feared that move because, if Creekstone should test its meat and advertised it as safe, they might have to perform the expensive tests on their larger herds as well.
When it comes to a choice between money for big businesses or safety of the American people, the Bush administration's stance is crystal clear.
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