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Flimsy Firewalls:
The Continuing Triumph of Efficiency over Safety
in Regulating Mad Cow Risks

A Report by the Center for Progressive Regulation

By Thomas O. McGarity with Frank Ackerman | July 2004

Center for Progressive Regulation President Tom McGarity, a professor of food safety law at the University of Texas Law School, has called for a truly independent federal agency to oversee food safety enforcement. The 2003-04 Mad Cow controversy, and the Bush Administration's response, laid bare the problems with an enforcement agency that is first and foremost a cheerleader for agri-business. Frank Ackerman contributed an analysis of the shoddy statistics in the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis's mad cow report, which is widely cited by the administration and agribusiness as "proving" there is nothing to worry about.

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