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June 8, 2009

Big Meat Says, "FDA, Stay Away from Our CAFOs!"

cow buttNational Cattlemen: butt out of our business, you ... regulators!Roll Call is reporting that Big Meat is less than pleased with the food safety bill currently moving through Congress. While on its face, this might be surprising, what's been notable to this point, as Jill Richardson recently pointed out, is the overwhelming support the bill has found among other industrial producers. Nothing like a $1 billion in losses from some a little bit of contaminated peanut butter to convince you that maybe, just maybe, the government has a role to play in food safety.

But of course, that logic didn't appeal to Big Meat. This despite the facts that deadly E coli infections are once again on the rise -- the USDA recalled 300,000 pounds of ground beef last month alone. Big Meat's issues are what you'd expect -- the new fees are too high, giving the government mandatory recall power (which it does not currently have) is excessive, and inspecting farms and livestock operations is unnecessary.

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