In my series of posts on the whole melamine poisoning issue recently you might recall me breaking off the term “e Coli conservatives” in talking about how our regulatory function has been co-opted by people who see protecting industry as a more important calling than protecting, you know, us.
Well, y’all are gonna love this latest development.
U.S. government fights to keep meatpackers from testing all slaughtered cattle for mad cow
The Associated Press
Published: May 29, 2007WASHINGTON: The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease.
The Agriculture Department tests fewer than 1 percent of slaughtered cows for the disease, which can be fatal to humans who eat tainted beef. A beef producer in the western state of Kansas, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, wants to test all of its cows.
Larger meat companies feared that move because, if Creekstone should test its meat and advertised it as safe, they might have to perform the expensive tests on their larger herds as well.
The Agriculture Department regulates the test and argued that widespread testing could lead to a false positive that would harm the meat industry. (Story.)
No, this isn’t from The Onion. This is a real example of your gubmit looking after you.
Please, pay close attention to that last line above: “The Agriculture Department … argued that widespread testing could lead to a false positive that would harm the meat industry.” Rick Perlstein over at OurFuture.org calls it “State socialism in defense of Mad Cow,” and it’s hard to argue. I mean, how are you going to accuse a guy of hyperbole in light of what the Ag Dept actually says?