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02/13/2006 Archived Entry: "Mad cow, again"

WHY IS THE GOV SO KEEN ON HIDING MAD COW CASES? While others focus on conspiracies surrounding 9/11 or NAIS or similar, I've developed my own little obsession.

I reported a couple years ago about the Feds forbidding the private testing of cattle for BSE. A year later, it comes out that the USDA was covering up incidents where cows tested positive for BSE.

Now it turns out that the Agriculture Department overruled a scientist's recommendation that a particular cow be retested for BSE. Why? Because they feared "... a positive finding would undermine confidence in the agency's testing procedures."


Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that Mad Cow is primarily hype. I know that it's rare, and that most people are not worried about it. I'm not particularly worried about it myself. But I have major issues with an "objective" government agency -- one whose ostensible purpose is to guarantee food safety -- covering up a food safety problem because it wouldn't be in the best interest of a major campaign supporter.

Sigh. Know what blows? The lefties think the solution is -- naturally -- more government oversight.

Don't people ever learn?

Posted by Debra @ 10:00 AM CST

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