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  • Industry Calls For Stronger Consumer Protections On Mad Cow

    76 Cattle Industry Groups Are Calling for Stronger Protections Against Mad Cow Disease

  • Tales from the Crypt: Gross Food Stories

    True Stories are always scarier: Feeding cow parts and chicken poop to cattle

  • Tales from the Crypt of Gross Food- Are you what you eat?
  • Worst Company in America?

    It’s not surprising the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company is nominated as the “Worst Company in America” by readers of The Consumerist.

  • Undercover video leads to outcry on meat safety

    None of us want to eat beef infected with mad-cow disease, E. coli, or Salmonella. Nor would we feed it to our children. Unfortunately, low-income children who qualified for federal assistance under the National School Lunch Program may not have had a choice.

  • Penn Label Ban Update

    More than 65 dairy farmers, consumer, farm and agricultural, public health, animal protection and environmental organizations, food processors and retailers today wrote to Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell to protest the recent Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) action which would prohibit state farmers from telling consumers that they aren’t using artificial hormones on their dairy Continue Reading

  • Protect Us From Choice — Please

    Last month, in an Orwellian stretch of logic and without warning or any public discussion, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) notified 19 dairies that “their labels are false or misleading and need to be changed” So, what kinds of labels were so terrible that the PDA felt they had to be removed from milk Continue Reading

  • Consumers Comment On Mad Cow Border Issue

    Consumers Union collected 17,655 names on a petition opposing USDA’s plan to relax restrictions on the import of Canadian cows that could present higher risks of Mad Cow disease.

  • Not Now Canadian Cow

    USDA is proposing a rule to further relax Canadian border restriction intended to protect U.S. consumers and our cattle market from Mad Cow disease.

News Articles

  • Beef industry struggles with PR crises
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Thursday May 3, 2020)
  • Controversy over mad cow disease testing
    Source: CNN (Wednesday April 25, 2020)
  • Case of Mad Cow Disease Is Found in U.S.
    Source: The New York Times (Tuesday April 24, 2020)
  • Coalition asks FDA to ban feeding of chicken feces to cattle
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Saturday October 31, 2020)

    Food and consumer groups say the practice increases the risk of cattle becoming infected with mad cow disease. A beef industry trade group say a ban isn’t needed.

  • Audit says USDA lost track of imported cattle
    Source: Chicago Tribune (Tuesday July 22, 2020)

    Despite persistent fears of mad cow disease in Canadian beef, the Department of Agriculture has failed to properly track hundreds of Canadian cattle coming into the United States, the department’s inspector general has concluded.

  • Canada probes new mad cow case; no threat seen
    Source: Reuters (Tuesday June 24, 2020)

    Canada confirmed a new case of mad cow disease on Monday, its 13th since 2003, but said the case in British Columbia did not pose a health threat.

  • New mad cow discovered in Canada brings total to 9
    Source: (Monday February 12, 2020)

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says there has been another case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canadian cattle.

  • Canada’s mad cow case puts pressure on USDA
    Source: Christian Science Moniter (Thursday April 20, 2020)

    This week’s news about a case of mad cow disease in Canada, the eighth confirmed incident in North America, has led to calls for a ban on imports canadian cattle and a permanent ban on sick or injured cattle (“downer” cows) being allowed to enter the human food chain.

  • Japan confirms 25th mad cow disease case
    Source: Forbes (Wednesday April 19, 2020)

    Japan confirmed its 25th case of mad cow disease, amid growing US pressure on Tokyo to resume US beef imports stopped twice over fears of the brain-wasting disease.

  • Mad-cow disease confirmed in Canada
    Source: CNN (Monday April 17, 2020)

    The Canadian government said Sunday that it has confirmed a case of mad-cow disease in a cow in British Columbia.

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