Once again we see a major lobby (corporate meatpackers), influencing the federal government to ignore the welfare of American citizens and put them more at risk. The meatpackers are saying that consumers may wish that all meatpackers adopt the higher safety standards. It would cost them a few extra cents a pound! That is so friggin' lame. Yet, I think there is another agenda as well. If it can be shown by one company that more vigilant testing of beef is easily, and relatively inexpensive, to achieve, those not doing it could: 1) Lose business from some foreign markets, to companies who do the better testing 2) Face lawsuit challenges if they released diseased meat and someone caught the disease The meatpackers seem to have convinced the USDA, they share a common interest here. But, if diseased meat gets to the markets, they will sell the USDA out in a heartbeat, "We were following the USDA regulations for testing. It is up to them to determine what the standards should be". Any civil awards end up being paid by the American taxpayer. So, we become both victim and people who pay. The meat industry walks clean. How many examples of this same scenario have we witnessed? I was in the UK when the major case of mad cow broke out. The BBC did an extensive investigative documentary on it. It was truly frightening. It is caused by a species eating the brains of their same species. It is (was - not sure if the practice still exists) actually a human disease as well. There is a tribe in New Guinea, which eats the brain of vanquished foes. They too developed the disease. If you are wondering about cows eating each other, being they are vegetarians, certain un-sellable beef byproducts are dried, ground and used as a cheaper filler for cattle feed. In other words, we give it to them. It eats holes in the brain like swiss cheese. It is unstoppable and has no cure. It is a horrible way to die.