USDA Seeks To Block Broader Mad Cow Testing

Law360, New York (May 9, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Bush administration is trying to stop a private meatpacker from voluntarily testing its supply of cattle for mad cow disease, arguing that the extra measures could be misleading to consumers since they don't necessarily guarantee safer food.

On Friday, government lawyers urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to block Creekstone Farms Premium Beef from being allowed to test all of its cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as mad cow disease.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the midst...
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