A Brief history of Mad Cow corruption

Now how do you go from the third instance of Mad Cow in the U.S. to the reduction -- yes, reduction -- of testing standards in the course of a week?

Cash money, that's how!

David Sirota writes: "from key policymakers to midlevel administrators, the Department of Agriculture is staffed with former executives of the meat and poultry industry, now in charge of regulating their former employers." Combine that with the [$3 million in] campaign contributions and you get this brief - yet totally frightening - timetable of corruption that begs the question: how many cases of Mad Cow are going undetected?

3/14/06:


"A cow in Alabama has tested positive for mad cow disease, the Agriculture Department confirmed Monday, the third case in the U.S." - Associated Press

3/16/06:
"Agriculture Department officials today defended their plans to reduce the number of cattle tested for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, even after a third case was confirmed in Alabama last week." - CongressDaily
More here. (WorkingforChange)

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