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Following the largest beef recall in U.S. history the USDA Agriculture Marketing Services (AMS) has formally rescinded Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co’s Supplier of the Year Award for the 2004-2005 school year, they’ve even requested the physcial return of the plaque.  Ouch!

 On a less farcical note, Hallmark CEO Steven Mendell has been subpoenaed to appear before a House committee next week to explain the facilities processing of “downer cows”. Since 2000, AMS has not allowed non-ambulatory cattle to be processed due to the risk of Mad Cow disease.

Mendell may very well be crucified by a House committee more culpable for their failure to protect consumers than any single CEO could ever be. Here is a letter from the House of Representative, Committee on Government Reform describing the very same issues…the only problem is that the letter was written almost 4 years ago.

So, while parents worry that their school children will develop symptoms of the fatal disease in the next 10 years* we can all rest easy knowing that the USDA got its plaque back.

*Experts are unclear as to the incubation period for Mad Cow disease, some say 8 years but the more recent consensus indicates that the incubation period can be as long as 30 years. First symptoms are said to be psychiatric problems.

Here’s the frightning truth,  our school kids can eat tainted beef now and not go clinical for a decade or longer,  but once you go clinical  it’s 100% fatal.  At the 4th Annual Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) Foundation Family Conference attendee’s honored the 52 people who died from the disease.

Brooke Trout