USDA denies beef testing request

A Kansas company wants to export beef to Japan, despite the Japanese ban on all American beef. The Japanese have said they will accept beef that has been tested using a $20/head, government approved, “rapid test”. The USDA told them not to.

The rationale for the USDA decision was that the rapid testing was only approved as a measure for surveillance of animal health and that Creekstone’s 100% testing proposal would have “implied a consumer safety aspect that is not scientifically warranted.”

There is apparently way too much cattle money in Washington…

(via Plastic )

posted at 9:37 pm on Sunday, April 11, 2004 in Current Events | Comments Off on USDA denies beef testing request

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