Thursday, April 15, 2004


The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture may be heading for a split with the Agriculture Department at a meeting in Chicago next month, where the association is scheduled to discuss formulation and approval of a bovine spongiform encephalopathy testing policy quite different than the expanded surveillance program announced March 15 by USDA.] cf. this Sac Bee editorial
It's too bad the ranchers of Kansas - or California, for that matter - are under a regulator that would rather guard against the phantom danger of too much testing than help producers supply foreign and emerging domestic markets.
In related news, why is meat so cheap?
Representatives of the poultry and meat processing industries and the nation's manufacturers have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reaffirm that employees do not need to be paid for time spent walking to their work stations.


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