Thursday, September 11, 2008

Court: U.S. can block BSE testing

Yes, you read it correctly:
The Bush administration can prohibit meat packers from testing their animals for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a U.S. appeals court said Aug. 29.

The dispute pits the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which tests about 1 percent of cows for the potentially deadly disease, against a Kansas meat packer that wants to test all its animals.

Larger meat packers opposed such testing. If Creekstone Farms Premium Beef began advertising that its cows have all been tested, other companies fear they too will have to conduct the expensive tests.

From here. I've heard of minimum safety standards, but maximum safety standards?

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