Unfortunately, it appears that this is often the way we operate. [certainly law-enforcement works this way] I'm willing to ignore some of this as long as we are using up to date methods and also allowing for groups to do whatever testing they'd like to. On both these counts we appear to be failing. And, I agree, Peter, it sounds like we're doing this only because if we didn't beef prices might sky-rocket and fear would again arise. But, that doesn't make us safer. It reminds me of the laws for cell-phones that say you can't listen to an FM communication in the 900mhz band. Well, that doesn't stop it from happening, it only makes it illegal. Doesn't make us safer. [that's also really old news. ;) the old cell-band fm analog signals]
I do thank +Bora Zivkovic
for helping me to understand the unique BSE case that was found in CA- interesting nonetheless.