Early last year, after the discovery of another case of Mad Cow Disease in the U.S., foreign markets tightened their ban on U.S. beef based on the fact that the USDA requires such a small percentage of meat to be tested for this fatal disease. In an attempt to maintain sales with customers overseas, Kansas-based Creekstone Farms announced it would voluntarily test all of its meat for Mad Cow Disease.
Surprisingly, the USDA responded to Creekstone, saying it was illegal for them to have such high quality food safety testing. This action left Creekstone and its lawyers scratching their heads trying to figure out where in the law books it states that it's illegal to test food for safety beyond what is required by law. Creekstone took the USDA to court and last week a federal judge ruled against the USDA.
The results of the case will likely create a domino effect in the industry where more producers will voluntarily choose to increase testing in order to lure international and domestic customers.
Is it out of the question to envision meats in future supermarkets bearing the voluntary label "This meat has been tested for Mad Cow Disease"? Stay tuned to the OCA... http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_4655.cfm