Be aggressive with Mad Cow |

Be aggressive with Mad Cow

Health officials in the United States got an unwelcome Christmas present this week – the discovery of the first reported case of Mad Cow disease in cattle here.

Almost universally, the first thing everybody involved did was come out to say ‘Everything is all right… the food supply is safe,’ as if protecting the beef industry is priority number one.

We see it otherwise.

Agriculture officials have ostensibly been preparing for this for years, so they should have procedures for stemming the spread of Mad Cow, by tracking its origin (most likely infected feed), and isolating known and future cases.

America’s beef industry is an important facet of a healthy American economy, but it is not more important than the health of beef consumers.

The beef industry has an obligation to study its methods, to see if it is facilitating the spread of Mad Cow (like the spread of E Coli), be honest with the public about its findings and make necessary changes.

With swift action, the government and the agriculture industry have the power to avert a national crisis like the one that infected Britain two years ago.

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