Latest Headline: US works to reassure Japan amid suspected mad cow case.
Whoa, whoa, wait a minute. You mean there’s another suspected case of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy? Color me surprised.
But, ummm, excuse me…quick question. Shouldn’t our Government be working to reassure the American beef consumers, first and foremost? Just a wacky thought.
Oh, and nicely nestled in the middle of the article is this bit…
Whether the animal was infected affects issues other than trade.
The department has been deciding whether to scale back its higher level of testing for mad cow disease.
Ladies and gentlemen…this is your United States Department of Agriculture at work.
(Side Note: This isn’t about whether there’s an excessive amount of BSE in our food supply or not. It’s about how the USDA doesn’t want to find out the extent of the problem.)