I’m mad… MAD… MAD… MAD… I just ate a hamburger for dinner and for dessert, I read this:
Federal food safety inspectors found more than 1,000 instances since 2004 where U.S. meat plants cut corners or violated regulations aimed at preventing the spread of mad cow disease, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Monday.
The USDA said it released documents to the American Meat Institute and the consumer group Public Citizen showing that federal inspectors filed 1,036 noncompliance reports from January 2004 to May 2005 involving the removal of the brain, skull and spinal cord of cattle aged 30 months and older.
The materials are considered to carry the highest risk in spreading the brain-wasting disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The USDA banned them from the human food supply a few days after the December 2003 discovery of the first U.S. case of mad cow disease in a Washington state dairy cow.
What really gets my goat (no more cow for me… I’m considering becoming a vegetarian actually, thanks to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s “Crimes Against Nature”. What corporate meat packers get away with is criminal. Of course they are all big Bush donators… go figure.) about this is that these documents were not even released to the public… it’s another case of the government hiding things from the American public.
The documents were released to the industry and consumer groups in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, and were not made public by the USDA.