UPI is reporting that the USDA has yet to forward records requested in July on cattle tested for mad cow disease in the U.S. Former USDA veterinarians have expressed the belief that mad cow exists in American cattle herds, and that current tests are not sufficient to detect the disease. Japan, the biggest importer of American beef, has banned imported meat from the U.S., and other nations are following suit.
If the USDA is, in fact, stonewalling (violating a 30-day limit for supplying the records under the Freedom of Information Act in the process), this has the potential to be a major scandal with some very serious repercussions. Literally billions of people around the world have been exposed to American beef.
Beef will not be on the holiday table at Gilbert House this year.