March 15, 2006

It's Not About Food Safety

This is what our government now says about mad cow disease testing:

Despite the confirmation of a third case of mad cow disease, the government intends to scale back testing for the brain-wasting disorder blamed for the deaths of more than 150 people in Europe.

The Agriculture Department boosted its surveillance after finding the first case of mad cow disease in the United States in 2003. About 1,000 tests are run daily, up from about 55 daily in 2003.

... Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns pointed out testing is not a food safety measure. Rather, it's a way to find out the prevalence of the disease.

"Keep in mind the testing was for surveillance," Johanns told reporters Monday in Warsaw, Poland, where he was attending trade talks. "It was to get an idea of the condition of the herd." ...

And the condition of the herd is ... infected. Get your butts back in there and start testing at the slaughterhouses. Do we have any government agencies left who consider looking out for public safety and welfare to be their job?

Posted by natasha at March 15, 2006 01:22 AM | Food | Technorati links |

Nah. Their "jobs" are welfare for the conservative. They serve time, which is not the same as working.

Posted by: Scorpio at March 15, 2006 12:47 PM