Your article gives American beef eaters a false sense of security. Yes, only 1 cow out of the 20,000 tested has been discovered to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). However, over 35 million cows were slaughtered in the United States last year, meaning that only 0.06 percent of all cows slaughtered were tested for BSE. Small wonder only one infected cow has been found to date. Japan, by contrast, tests all cows slaughtered, 1.2 million last year. If the government and the cattle industry want to convince me that a given cow is safe, test it before asking me to eat it. Until that time, I’m getting my protein from tofu. I’ve yet to hear of mad soybean disease.
Redondo Beach, Calif.
Virgil H. Soule