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Unformatted text preview: ounds were rejected because of Salmonella contamination. The decision to halt the tests
generated a fair amount of bad publicity. Three days after it was announced, Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman said that she’d never
authorized the new policy, reversed course, and promised that the school-lunch program’s Salmonella testing would continue.
Ideally, food safety would be a non-partisan issue. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, Labour or Conservative, Social
Democrat or Christian Democrat — you still have to eat. In recent years the Democrats have been far more willing than the Republicans to
support tough food-safety legislation in the United States. But that was not always the case. It was a Republican president, Theodore
Roosevelt, who had the nerve to condemn dangerous concentrations of economic power, battle the meatpacking industry, and win passage of
the nation’s first food-safety law. Should that sort of spirit guide the Republican Party once again, there...
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- Spring '08