Navigation Links
Federal testing for mad cow disease a failure, law review editor says

The U.S. Agriculture Department's mad cow disease-testing program is wholly inadequate and the agency's refusal to let processors do their own testing further undercuts the safety of American beef, a University of Illinois scholar writes.

Eating meat from cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, can cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a fatal human brain-wasting disorder. More than 160 deaths in Britain were attributed to eating BSE-infected beef, and the disease spread to Europe and Asia before the slaughter of cattle and better testing helped curb the outbreak.

The Bush administration's approach to safeguarding the nation's supply of beef has been to deny that there's a problem and to resist comprehensive BSE testing, Gregory L. Berlowitz, an editor at the University of Illinois Law Review, wrote. The net result is that the USDA has placed the welfare and promotional concerns of the beef industry ahead of public welfare.

The first case of BSE in the U.S. was reported in December 2003 at a farm in Washington state. Because the cow was of Canadian origin, USDA officials insisted that the American beef supply was safe. However, after Japan and 52 other countries banned U.S. beef, the USDA started a program to test half of the nation's 450,000 "downer" cows, or cows that could not walk.

The surveillance program found no cases of mad cow disease until June 24, 2005. "This cow was of American origin," Berlowitz wrote, "but even more disturbing, the cow had been tested for BSE in November 2004, and had been retested only on the recommendation of the Office of Inspector General," which is an independent watchdog group within the USDA.

The Bush administration, in the meantime, had restored about one-third of U.S. beef exports through intense lobbying, but Japan, the biggest export market, continued to resist. The administration argued that there was no risk to humans because the second cow had not been
'"/>

Source:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Federal grant funds research on novel HIV therapy
2. Drug resistance testing in treatment-naive HIV patients is cost-effective
3. Researchers develop new testing methods for potential monkeypox or smallpox outbreak
4. Genetic testing still smart choice, despite uncertainties
5. Faster immune system testing set to improve poultry quality
6. Professors to develop hand-held pathogen testing device
7. New research to cut animal testing
8. UW launches study testing adult stem cells for heart damage repair
9. Neuronal traffic jam marks early Alzheimers disease
10. Scientists detect probable genetic cause of some Parkinsons disease cases
11. Ecological destruction fuels emerging diseases
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Federal testing for mad cow disease failure law review editor says

(Date:2/18/2015)... Feb. 18, 2015  Cepheid (NASDAQ: CPHD ) ... following conferences, and invited investors to participate via webcast. ... MA Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 11.20 a.m. ... Orlando, FL Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at ... access the live webcasts for these events, please visit Cepheid,s ...
(Date:2/12/2015)... 2015 NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ... authentication company focused on the growing mobile commerce market, ... for DISTRIBUTED METHOD AND SYSTEM TO IMPROVE ... further establishes NXT-ID,s position in the emerging "Internet of ... ability for multiple devices to collaborate with one another ...
(Date:2/9/2015)... Texas , Feb. 9, 2015  Lintec of ... fabrication methods for carbon nanotube (CNT) macrostructures, including sheets, ... at Dallas (UTD). Leveraging the vast industrial ... Tokyo, Japan , Lintec of America is ... Richardson, TX , focusing on scaling up ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Cepheid to Webcast Upcoming Financial Presentations 2NXT-ID Patents Collaborative Services to Enable the "Internet of Things" 2NXT-ID Patents Collaborative Services to Enable the "Internet of Things" 3Lintec announces exclusive license to commercialize innovative carbon nanotube technology from the University of Texas at Dallas 2Lintec announces exclusive license to commercialize innovative carbon nanotube technology from the University of Texas at Dallas 3Lintec announces exclusive license to commercialize innovative carbon nanotube technology from the University of Texas at Dallas 4
... researchers from the British Antarctic Survey have collected individuals from ... and subjected them to increasing levels of water temperature to ... conditions that they are likely to experience in the future. ... living really close to their upper temperature range, and that ...
... A University of Wisconsin-Madison biomedical engineer and colleagues have developed ... could spare some women with increased breast cancer risk the ... a questionable lump or lesion. The universal technology will ... malignant or benign. The American Cancer Society recommends ...
... an effort to increase understanding of the medical device ... of product development more effectively, researchers at Stanford University ... device development process. Published in the June ... , the model was constructed based on best-practice analysis ...
Cached Biology News:New MRI technique could mean fewer breast biopsies in high-risk women 2Stanford researchers publish comprehensive model for medical device development 2Stanford researchers publish comprehensive model for medical device development 3
(Date:3/3/2015)... 03, 2015 Becht Engineering Co., ... it has acquired The CECON Group, Inc., located ... were not announced. , Becht Engineering (http://www.becht.com ... sector including oil and gas production, refining, petrochemical, ... nuclear power sectors. The company has twelve offices ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/s3s3t8/personalized ... new report "Personalized Medicine - Scientific and ... The aim of personalized medicine or ... to the right patient and, in some cases, ... patient according to his/her genotype. This report describes ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... 2015  Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC today announced ... (JLABS @SSF), a 30,000-square foot incubator located ... Francisco, Calif. The Johnson & Johnson Innovation, ... from across the healthcare spectrum including biotech, pharmaceutical, medical ... first resident startups have been selected, including the winners ...
(Date:3/3/2015)... , March 3, 2015  Synthetic Biologics, Inc. (NYSE ... and diseases, with a focus on protecting the microbiome, announced ... scheduled to present at the 27th Annual ROTH Conference being ... Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, CA. ... March 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Global Personalized Medicine Market Report 2015 - Scientific and Commercial Aspects 2014-2024 2Global Personalized Medicine Market Report 2015 - Scientific and Commercial Aspects 2014-2024 3Johnson & Johnson Innovation Opens JLABS @South San Francisco and Announces First Five Resident Startups 2Johnson & Johnson Innovation Opens JLABS @South San Francisco and Announces First Five Resident Startups 3Johnson & Johnson Innovation Opens JLABS @South San Francisco and Announces First Five Resident Startups 4Johnson & Johnson Innovation Opens JLABS @South San Francisco and Announces First Five Resident Startups 5Synthetic Biologics to Present at the 27th Annual ROTH Conference 2
... Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.,(Nasdaq: ARNA ) announced today that ... Second Annual Hidden Gems Conference on October,13, 2008 at ... the,Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City. Robert E. Hoffman, ... to provide an,overview of the company, including its clinical ...
... 7 Nektar,Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR ) President and ... upcoming Natixis Bleichroeder Second Annual Hidden Gems,Conference in New ... at 2:30 p.m. ET., The presentation will be ... Relations, Events Calendar section of the Nektar website:, http://www.nektar.com ...
... 7 MKS Instruments, Inc.,(Nasdaq: MKSI ), ... and improve productivity, today announced that it will ... opening on Wednesday,October 22, 2008. A conference call ... 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time). The call will be ...
Cached Biology Technology:Arena Pharmaceuticals to Present at the Natixis Bleichroeder Second Annual Hidden Gems Conference 2Arena Pharmaceuticals to Present at the Natixis Bleichroeder Second Annual Hidden Gems Conference 3