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Government to firm: don't test your meat!

I kid you not:

"A beef producer in Kansas has proposed testing all its cattle for mad cow disease so it can resume exports to Japan, but it is encountering resistance from the Agriculture Department and other beef producers.......

Creekstone's president, John Stewart, said in an interview that the company used to sell a quarter of its premium black Angus beef to Asian markets. Those markets are now closed, and the company is losing $80,000 a day. The Japanese government, he said, indicated it would probably buy meat that was tested with the same equipment."

The USDA is opposed because it hasn't approved any testing equipment. But who gives a damn if the Japanese agree that the test suits them just fine?

There's nothing like having a compassionate government to take care of you when times are tough.