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    if the people running NAIS are at all honest we should quickly begin seeing the problems caused by factory food... creutzfeldt-jakobs anyone?

    •  NAIS does not prevent or detect disease (4+ / 0-)

      NAIS involves registering property, tagging animals, and reporting their movements to databases.  NAIS does not include any provisions for testing for diseases or contamination.  

      CJD is a human disease that (we think) is caused by eating contaminated beef from cows infected with BSE or Mad Cow disease.  USDA currently tests 1 out of 1,000 cattle for BSE, and opposes increased testing.  Simply tagging the cows will not detect BSE or keep the mutated prions from entering our food supply.

      Note: in the Hallmark scandal last year, when the Humane Society videotaped a packing plant abusing downer cows, the cows were tagged.  I watched the videotape closely, and every time you can see a cow's ear clearly, you also see a tag.  Tagging did not stop downer cattle from entering the food supply.

      As for other problems with factory food, the most common forms of foodborne illnesses are due to contamination with e.coli, salmonella, and other bacteria and viruses at the slaughterhouse or during processing.  Since the NAIS tracking ends when the animal dies, it does not prevent the contamination from occurring, nor does it provide any information that would help with a recall.

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      by judith2007 on Mon May 11, 2009 at 02:59:05 PM PDT

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      •  Agree. And that database system (2+ / 0-)
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        doesn't exist. It needs massive funding.

        I was being snarky downthread about this but it's how I think of this NAIS:

        Do people really want to pay tax money for rich owners of thoroughbreds to pay their staff to clickety click every single time their six-figure precious moves from stable A to stable B because the NAIS makes food safe?

        Heck, I don't know how many times I've been accused of being "rich" because I like to keep horses.

        People are perfectly fine with the government spending billions of dollars for me, and for the alpaca owner, and for the llama owner to report everywhere our animals move because the USDA has provided them a soft-sell document outlining that the NAIS will give them peace of mind, perceived comfort that that their food is being tracked by the NAIS.

        Existing traceback systems are working well at this time.

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