Saturday, June 25, 2005

Friday night news dump/Mad Cow Madness Redux

Odd, isn't it, how these test results always seem to come back from the lab late in the day on Friday?

Tests have confirmed mad cow disease in a U.S. cow previously cleared of having the brain wasting illness, the Agriculture Department said Friday. It is the second case of mad cow disease in the United States.

An internationally recognized laboratory in Weybridge, England, confirmed the case of mad cow disease after U.S. tests produced conflicting results, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said.
"I am encouraged that our interlocking safeguards are working exactly as intended," Johanns said.

"This animal was blocked from entering the food supply because of the firewalls we have in place. Americans have every reason to continue to be confident in the safety of our beef," he said.
As a starving grad student in NYC, I lived in more than one apartment that involved involuntary cohabitation with cockroaches. Terminating the odd roach that happened to wander across the floor during daylight offered a token feeling of victory, although it was just that: a token victory. It was understood that the victim was the cockroach equivalent of a Mad Cow "downer," a bug so stupid, old or otherwise disoriented that it was unable to adhere to standard principles of roach self-survival. It was also understood that he certainly had thousands of savvier, inaccessible friends hiding in the walls.

Does the same sort of formula apply here? I have no way of knowing, but unfortunately, neither does anyone else, because the Feds have made it their business to adamantly oppose more extensive testing, even on a voluntary basis.


Blogger Deb said...

My husband used to work at a beef slaughterhouse.

save yourselves!

6:31 AM  

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