The Department of Agriculture has released their new plan to protect the American public from vCJD, the fatal human ailment caused by what is commonly called Mad Cow disease. On paper, the new testing program sounds impressive--a tenfold increase in the number of cattle to be checked for Mad Cow. However, this will still account for far less than one percent of the 35 million cattle slaughtered each year in the US. While government officials ensure us that their testing program will find one case of Mad Cow in 10 million cattle, I'm struggling to see how this is the case. And other nations who have dealt with this issue seriously, such as the UK and Japan, are not convinced. Their bans on US beef are still in place.
It's been over two months since I've eaten beef.