Friday, January 24


Making a further mockery of the notion of the USDA as a true safeguard of public health, it was revealed that the Conagra plant that sickened 27 people and killed one with feces-smeared beef had been "cited more than 300 times for violating federal food safety regulations in the last three years." Meanwhile, a couple Democratic lawmakers with some semblance of a spine are trying to install one in the USDA and give it the power to close wantonly hazardous plants such as that one. What they don't seem to get is that since the USDA is packed with meat industry sympathizers, power isn't enough: What they need is the will.

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