As someone who loves a great cheeseburger above almost all else, I think that this idea is a very good one.
In a new twist on cattle branding, U.S. livestock may now get individual identification numbers.
Today in Washington, a nonprofit industry group plans to launch a program that aims to assign each cow, bison and other livestock its own 15-digit number and track their movements in a national database. Animals would be tagged, perhaps in the ear with a bar code or a radio-frequency chip. Another alternative: a chip could be implanted beneath the animal's skin.
Litigation-averse producers don't necessarily see it that way. However, the same tort fear is driving large buyers to demand this type of system; I guess they want to be able to indemnify producers when end customers throw down in court.
U.S. ranchers have long resisted an ID tracking program partly because they fear they may be liable for a food-safety problem. But McDonald's Corp. and other large beef customers have been pushing for it. Federal regulators also have been prodding the industry for such a system.
I love it when our legal system actually drives rational behavior.Posted by Ellen Forman on March 01, 2006 to Food, glorious food | TrackBack