Aug 30 2008

Court says no to private testing for mad cow

Sometimes I think we live in an alternate reality.  The U.S. Court of Appeals (District of Columbia Circuit) has now overturned a lower court ruling that allowed Creekstone Farms Premium Beef to conduct its own tests for mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE).  Imagine!  Creekstone wanted to demonstrate that its beef was free of BSE so it could be sold in Asia.  But that would imply that other meat was not safe and force other companies to test as well.  Apparently, the USDA does not think that would be fair and the Appeals Court agrees.  What about fairness to beef eaters?  About that, the court had nothing to say.

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  • Richard

    Makes me think we might be better off without the USDA. I trust the competing voices of organizations and blogs like yours, Marion, more than I trust the government’s monopoly on “certification”.

  • Sheila

    Unbelievable. A company wants to go an extra step to verify the safety of their food product, and the government works to stop them?!!! Who is minding the store here? Have they forgotten who pays the taxes that fund their salaries? How is it “unfair” business practice to demonstrate the safety of your product? So what if it leaves other companies having to step up to the plate…maybe we need to allow a little competition of this sort. I am tired of being afraid to eat commercially prepared meats. I am tired of every week seems to bring another news story of people made ill by their food. A little extra vigilence toward safety would be a good thing, in the opinion of this consumer.

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  • Shari L.

    Bad decision: Bad for business; bad for the market

    It is ironic that these judges think they are helping buainess. The judge is standing in the way of the individual producer to make a positive transaction and open new markets. Indeed, good information promotes the conduct of business and the market as a whole.

  • Daniel Ithaca,NY

    If that doesn’t smell of industry influence on USDA/gov’t, I don’t know what would.

    The Courts/USDA are taking away a market and hindering a business to succeed by banning Creek Stone Farms from doing QUALITY CONTROL.


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