Who Hijacked Our Country

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Mad Cow Disease (Still!)

18 months ago, the FDA was supposed to take steps to protect Americans from Mad Cow Disease. It didn’t. Six months ago the meat and poultry inspectors’ union told the USDA that body parts known as “specified risk materials” were getting into the production chain. These savory items included the brains, skulls, spinal cords and intestines of cattle more than 30 months old. (30 months is the cutoff age.)

Not only was nothing done, but some of the inspectors were told by the USDA “not to intervene” when they saw the body parts of older cattle mixed in with those of younger cattle. It turned out that only packing plant supervisors — not government inspectors — were supposed to check the production line to make sure that older body parts were kept off.

Whew! That was close! Protocol is much more important than protecting the public health. Let’s get our priorities straight. Imagine! A public health threat averted by the wrong person — where’s the outrage?!?

And the problem continues to fester. American cattle are eating chicken waste products and cattle blood, among other tasty products. Mmm — it’s what’s for dinner.

The co-author of “Mad Cow USA: Could the Nightmare Happen Here?” summed it up. “Once the cameras were turned off and the media coverage dissipated, then it’s been business as usual, no real reform, just keep feeding slaughterhouse waste. The entire U.S. policy is designed to protect the livestock industry’s access to slaughterhouse waste as cheap feed.”

In January 2004 the FDA came up with strict new rules to protect the public from Mad Cow Disease. Those rules were scrapped six months later.

In case you’ve seen the movie “Five Easy Pieces,” here’s an updated version: when you go to a restaurant and order a hamburger, tell them to hold the chickenshit and cattle blood.


Blogger I.M. Dedd said...

you are supposed to say, "Hold it in between your KNEES."

sorry...just being anal retentive.

June 21, 2005 at 4:38 AM  
Blogger Nariel said...

Dear Tom:

Put up some interesting stuff over at Ancient Eyes.. would welcome any thoughts or comments you might have.

Sorry to toot my own horn here.. but .. *toot toot*


June 21, 2005 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger ~jay said...

and my family wonders why beef nauseates me?


June 21, 2005 at 8:20 AM  
Anonymous lydia said...

this site rawks (:

June 21, 2005 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger erinberry said...

Oh.My.God. That is so gross. I wish I didn't hate vegetables so much.

June 21, 2005 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger hardigan said...

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June 21, 2005 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger hardigan said...

Where is our Upton Sinclair? Yeah, I know, let's deregulate! Let the meat packing industry and ranchers police themselves. I can see the legislation now, the "Clean Lean" initiative. Goes along with those Orwellian classics "Clean Skies" and "No Child Left Behind".

*shameless blog whoring moment* (but I did want to spread the word) Jesus' General has started a campaign to get a full page in the program for the 56th annual College Republicans convention to boost enlistment. I just posted about it with appropriate links. He has a great decal for what he has dubbed Operation:Yellow Elephant.

The Lamp Sputters

Sorry to post off topic, but this is something that I've been involved with for awhile. ever since the invasion of Iraq, I've run into these gung ho morons and got fed up one day and went to recuiters offices and kiped as many business cards and brochures that I could get my dirty little mitts on. I also printed out enlistment papers to leave on cars with the most obnoxious phoney patriot gear.This takes those actions to a newer level and are worth checking out.

Again, sorry for posting off topic

June 21, 2005 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

I.M. Dedd: That poor waitress' knees would get awful icky with all that cattle blood and chicken shit smeared all over them.

Patricia: Good posts. I just now commented on the 2 most recent ones.

~jay: Unfortunately I like the taste of it. I just try to tune out all the gross, uh, "additives" while I'm eating.

Lydia: Thanks.

Erinberry: You could always hypnotize yourself into thinking a carrot tastes like a T-bone steak. It's not easy, though.

Hardigan: That's probably what they'll do, deregulate it and give it some Orwellian name like that. And it would probably be an amendment tacked quietly onto a spending bill.

I've read about that Operation: Yellow Elephant at several other sites too. That's a great idea. We need to show the schizoid attitude of these people who are gung ho about the war, but "oh, but, I didn't mean my kids. Oh, me? But I, I, uh..."

I've also started answering rightwing commenters by showing a link to an Army recruiting website. It shows how to locate the nearest recruiting office, how to get the enlistment process started, etc. (I got the idea from Brother Kenya's site.)

June 21, 2005 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

Nice to see that I wasn't the only one who noticed this. The funny thing is shortly after the new changes were proposed, the Bushist government replaced the guy who advocated new safety measures and dumped the proposals. They love us Americans a lot those Bushists do! Must be the beef farmers lobbying the Prez. He IS from Texas after all, a beef capital of the world. Maybe the ranchers said they will go out of business if they have too feed the cows food instead of animal parts? Or maybe Bush was just paid off. That is the more likely scenario I think.

June 21, 2005 at 5:28 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

OK Democrat: No doubt the meat industry has a lot more clout than a bunch of whiny consumers wringing their hands over a health threat. Bush knows who his mentors are.

June 21, 2005 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Being born and raised in the cattle country of the Okie nation here, I love a good steak, was raised on the moo-juice and always find a burger a treat---but things have changed in the industry and in the way we get the beef-lol
I have seen some of those miserable looking beasts that go into McD's burgers and I cringe to think that I have eaten there more than once. The days when you went to the butcher shop and got fresh beef, raised in the open, on natural foods--NOT CHEMICALS AND GROWTH HORMONES are long gone--and I the more I think about it the more I think vegan may be the way to go.

June 25, 2005 at 5:47 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Kevin: It would sure serve the meat industry right if everyone went vegan. (Not that I'm one; easier said than done.) Seafood is really prevalent where I live, but there's still nothing like a steak or burger. But too many more gory news items about Mad Cow disease and I might switch to just seafood; then I'll just have mercury poisoning to deal with.

June 25, 2005 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Lol--I agree--so whats the next step--"Soylent green is PEOPLE":)
Besides, the way my teeth are I will be down to protein shakes and smoothies soon anyway:)

June 26, 2005 at 6:16 AM  

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