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I’ve blogged about this before, and I thought Creekstone Farms had prevailed. But no. AP’s Mike Apuzzo reports:

The Bush administration can prohibit meat packers from testing their animals for mad cow disease, a federal appeals court said Friday.

The dispute pits the Agriculture Department, 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.

The Bush administration says the low level of testing reflects the rareness of the disease. Mad cow disease has been linked to more than 150 human deaths worldwide, mostly in Great Britain. Only three cases have been reported in the U.S., all involving cows, not humans.

A federal judge ruled last year that Creekstone must be allowed to conduct the test because the Agriculture Department can only regulate disease “treatment.” Since there is no cure for mad cow disease and the test is performed on dead animals, the judge ruled, the test is not a treatment.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned that ruling, saying diagnosis can be considered part of treatment. …

Creekstone wants to test all its cattle because it sells to Japan, which insists on 100% testing. And the cost of 100% testing would add about 1¢/lb to the cost of beef—plus would probably find a lot of mad cow disease, which I believe is the beef industry’s fear.

Note how the Dept. of Agriculture does whatever the big beef producers tell it to do?

Written by Leisureguy

31 August 2008 at 5:29 pm

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