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