Op-Ed Columnist - Paul Krugman - Bad Cow Disease - Op-Ed - NYTimes.comMeanwhile, South Koreans are rioting rather than accept American beef imports.
... when mad cow disease was detected in the U.S. in 2003, the Department of Agriculture was headed by Ann M. Veneman, a former food-industry lobbyist. And the department’s response to the crisis — which amounted to consistently downplaying the threat and rejecting calls for more extensive testing — seemed driven by the industry’s agenda.
One amazing decision came in 2004, when a Kansas producer asked for permission to test its own cows, so that it could resume exports to Japan. You might have expected the Bush administration to applaud this example of self-regulation. But permission was denied, because other beef producers feared consumer demands that they follow suit...
Thank you South Korean rioters!
Don't trust us. Really. Resist. Push for real reform of America's food safety regulation.
We push China to reform their drug and manufacturing standards. South Korea pushes us to improve our food regulation. I approve of both movements.
Restore the safety of American food. Oppose McCain.