May 30th, 2007
With all the recent headlines about tainted pet food (and tainted pet food fed to pigs and chickens) you would think that the USDA is going to do everything in it’s power to protect this country from contaminated food. right? Well, think again! Apparently, the USDA and the FDA have "one percent" rule when it comes to food inspections. The FDA only inspects one percent of imported food to the U.S. and the USDA only inspects one percent of cattle for Mad Cow disease.
Rule #1- don’t try to one-up the USDA. If you are a meatpacker and want to start testing your whole herd of cattle for Mad Cow disease (because it’s the right thing to do), you could be in for some roadblocks. You ask… who on earth would want to block you for this? Surprisingly, the agency that is in charge of food safety is the same agency that fighting to keep meatpackers from testing all of their animals…you guessed it, the USDA. What’s the reason? Here’s the kicker….because the animals may have Mad Cow disease and that may hurt the meat industry. No shit! You just can’t make this stuff up.
Three cases of Mad Cow have been found in the U.S. since testing started. I am sure that if the USDA reduced the amount of cows tested to .01 percent, they could get that number down to zero. Fewer cows tested, less Mad Cow disease, right? **sarcasm**
read the full story (it’s short) on MSN
(interestingly, at the bottom of this link there is a "related story" on 129,000 pounds of beef recalled for E.coli)
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