More Mad Cow Mischief

  1. Another New York Times editorial.

    It's enough to make you mad, I tell you. Mind numbing mad!

    Really!!! Many could turn quite "mad"! And it's not curable, as far as I know!

    But who knows if Mad Cow disease is existing in our country's cattle. Tests to sample our country's cattle population are actually being called off! I'm concerned. I'm even quite angry over this; I'm angry mad! Why?? Because the U.S. Federal Department of Agriculture seems more interested in protecting the interests of the beef industry than the health of its citizens or the health of the world.


    More Mad Cow Mischief

    Published: May 8, 2004

    he federal Department of Agriculture is making it hard for anyone to feel confident that the nation is adequately protected against mad cow disease. At a time when the department should be bending over backward to reassure consumers, it keeps taking actions that suggest more concern with protecting the financial interests of the beef industry than with protecting public health.

    Just a few weeks ago, the department refused to let a small private company test its cattle for mad cow disease to satisfy Japanese customers. That decision was incomprehensible, unless it was driven by a desire to protect the beef industry from pressure to conduct such tests on all 35 million cattle slaughtered annually in this country.

    Now the department has been caught refusing to test a cow that collapsed at a slaughterhouse in Texas; such a collapse could be an indication of mad cow disease. The department's own inspectors at the site wanted to take a brain sample for testing but were overruled by their regional office.

    Further evidence of lax regulation emerged when the department quietly expanded the range of beef products that could be imported from Canada, where mad cow disease has been detected, only to be stopped short by a lawsuit.

    There is no evidence yet that mad cow disease has invaded American cattle and thus no reason for inordinate worry. The task ahead is to make sure that our herds remain free of the disease. No one can be confident if the department remains so blatantly protective of the American meat industry.
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    In the early 1970's American women (mostly women, at least) boycotted meat to protest high prices, and the prices came down. Really.

    If we boycotted beef until it was tested across the board, I can guaran-damm-tee ya, the price would come down and the meat would get tested. When you don't have political clout, you find a way to put painful pressure on the wallets of those who do.

    Democracy in action.

    Get ready for the price to go way up though--the beef industry will justify it by exaggerating the cost of paying those minimum wage sample pullers.....
  4. by   Energizer Bunny
    I am sooo glad that we eat hardly any beef in our house. Now, we just won't eat any at all until the situation is resolved.
  5. by   Rustyhammer
    I think it's a legitimate beef!
    The Dept. of Agriculture is really giving us a bum steer.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    geeez russell...................... rofl
  7. by   CCU NRS
    or as Bart Simpson would say

    "Don't have a cow Man!"
  8. by   oramar
  9. by   Whisper
    Quote from CNM2B
    I am sooo glad that we eat hardly any beef in our house. Now, we just won't eat any at all until the situation is resolved.
    Not to make you paranoid... but it isn't just the beef you want to be worrying about, gellatine, such as jelly sweets have also been shown as high risk for new varient CJD.

    I haven't once stopped eating beef, throughout the crisis in the UK, and to be honest once I found out about the '11-year-rule' its a bit late for me now!