WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to drastically scale back its mad cow testing next month has drawn mixed reactions.
The USDA spends about $1 million each week to test 5,000 animals. Under its new program it will test about 40,000 animals per year at a cost of about $8 million, said Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns.
Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, opposes the decision.
"It's a very bad idea to scale back on testing because