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measures, outbreaks and epidemics of new diseases were virtually inevitable. “Who knows what crisis will be next?” said the chairman of the
Nevertheless, the Reagan and Bush administrations cut spending on public health measures and staffed the U.S. Department of Agriculture
with officials far more interested in government deregulation than in food safety. The USDA became largely indistinguishable from the
industries it was meant to police. President Reagan’s first secretary of agriculture was in the hog business. His second was the president of the
American Meat Institute (formerly known as the American Meat Packers Association). And his choice to run the USDA’s Food Marketing and
Inspection Service was a vice president of the National Cattleman’s Association. President Bush later appointed the president of the National
Cattleman’s Association to the job.
Two months after the threat of deadly new outbreaks was outlined by the National Academy of Sciences, the USDA launched the
Streamlined Inspection System for Cattle (SIS-C). The program was designed to reduce the presence of federal inspectors in t...
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- Spring '08