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The Toronto Globe & Mail reports that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has ruled that Kentucky-based Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, cannot test every animal in its slaughterhouse for mad cow disease.

"We are looking at what the consensus of international experts is when it comes to testing, and that consensus is that 100 percent testing is not justified," said USDA spokeswoman Alisa Harrison. "That's why we feel at this time we cannot grant Creekstone's requested timeline for a decision."

USDA is under pressure, especially from nations such as Japan, to dramatically increase its testing for mad cow. In the case of Creekstone, the company said that its customers in Japan promised to buy Creekstone beef again if the company tested for the brain-wasting disease in every animal processed at the plant and could show USDA certification of that.
KC's View:
We don’t get it, Why not allow a private company to test 100 percent of its beef?

Fear, perhaps?