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USDA Can Block Testing for Mad Cow Disease
by Annie Clemens
Posted January 7, 2022

only government can test and control results from mad cow diseaseThe U.S. Department of Agriculture has the authority to stop a domestic beef exporter from testing its cattle for mad cow disease, the D.C. Circuit ruled.

A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act allows the USDA to regulate the manufacturing and sale of products used to treat domestic animals, including testing kits for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease.

Dissenting Judge Sentelle said the government “has gone as far as it could and, in my view, farther than it reasonably could in aggregating power to itself.” More…

The Facts:
A court has ruled that a government agency can prevent a private company from doing its own safety testing, and allows a government agency to have exclusive rights for safety testing.

Reflect On:
If any government gains exclusive access to safety protocols and results, how will that government act if its interests are challenged?
How does this relate to the Covid responses and mandates?