For all you home cookers of pet food: In an odd development, a farm is fighting the Bush administration for the rights to test all its cows against the mad cow disease. The USDA argues that a false positive will harm the US beef industry. Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wants to test all of its cows.
The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture tests fewer than 1 percent of slaughtered cows for the disease, which can be fatal to humans who eat tainted beef…
Larger meat companies feared that move because, if Creekstone should test its meat and advertised it as safe, they might have to perform the expensive tests on their larger herds as well.