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The administration continues its mad rush to strip consumers of the slim protections left after three years of Bush. The latest example is, appropriately enough, turkeys. In 2002, the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture identified which turkey producers had failed salmonella tests. For example, nearly half the turkeys at ConAgra's Longmont, Colo., plant tested positive.

So as Thanksgiving 2003 approached, consumer advocates asked the department for the results of the latest testing; But according to The Washington Post's Cindy Skrzycki, no answers came. Why so? Because they had decided to stop testing, which prompted one consumer advocate to ask, "Who is the turkey at USDA that stopped testing turkeys?"
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Title Annotation:Tilting at Windmills
Author:Peters, Charles
Publication:Washington Monthly
Date:Jan 1, 2004
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