This is insane. Just who is the government supposed to be protecting here?
A federal appeals court ruled today that the federal government can prohibit meat packers from testing their animals for mad cow disease. A premium meatpacker in Kansas wants to test all of its cows for the disease, but the government won’t let it. Why?
Because larger meat packers are objecting. They worry that if companies are allowed to perform the test and then advertise its meat as safe, then consumers might demand that all meatpackers perform the expensive test, too.
Is it any wonder that other countries (like Japan) have banned US beef?