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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Daily Kos: State of the Nation

This is just an unbelievable story.  Because it would be too costly for meat packers to test all of their beef for mad cow disease, the govt. says that one company that wants to make that added expense can't do it because it would hurt everyone else!  they voted against letting this company check it's meat for mad cow disease!  can you believe this?  i'm going to go find that legislation and everyone who voted for it.  i simply can't believe it.

From Kos

A federal appeals court says the government can prohibit meat packers from testing their animals for mad cow disease.

Because the Agriculture Department tests only a small percentage of cows for the deadly disease, Kansas meatpacker Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wants to test all of its cows. The government says it can't.

Larger meat companies worry that if Creekstone is allowed to perform the test and advertise its meat as safe, they could be forced to do the expensive test, too.

There's simply zero reason that the government should 1) be telling companies they can't test their product for safety, or 2) that they should have the power to prevent such testing.

But that's the modern GOP for you -- more interested in helping their corporate benefactors (the larger meat companies, in this instance) than the American public.

Daily Kos: State of the Nation

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