Wednesday, May 30, 2007

This is pretty insane

The Bush Administration is fighting to prevent meatpackers from testing all of their cattle for Mad Cow Disease.
A beef producer in the western state of Kansas, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, wants to test all of its cows.
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.
Hat tip to Daily Kos for pointing out this bizarre interference with the free market. I'm all for the government establishing minimum standards for these things (and yes, I know this is not what hard-core free-marketers want, one of many reasons I am not a libertarian), but preventing companies from establishing stronger standards stands contrary to reason.

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