posted on May, 3 2005 @ 06:39 AM
WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- Federal investigators are looking into allegations by a former U.S. Agriculture Department inspector that the agency sought
to cover up cases of mad cow disease, United Press International has learned.
Lester Friedlander, a former USDA veterinarian, told UPI he was questioned recently by two representatives from the USDA's Office of Inspector
General who were investigating statements he made before Canada's Parliament in April.
"I told them I think there's a cover-up," said Friedlander, a 10-year veteran of the USDA who received official praise and recognition for
outstanding performance during his tenure with the agency.
Mad cow is a concern to public health because humans can contract a fatal brain illness known as variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease from eating beef
products contaminated with the mad cow pathogen.
Friedlander's claims include that a USDA official told him in 1991 not to say anything if he ever discovered a case of mad cow disease, and that he
knew of cows that had tested positive at private laboratories but were ruled negative by the USDA.
He said he was interviewed by Keith Arnold, from the OIG's regional office in Kansas City, Mo., and William Busby, of OIG's Denver office. The
officials told him Phyllis Fong, the USDA's inspector general, ordered the investigation.
"The reason they interviewed me was there was a lot of talk about my comments made in Canada and they said they were getting a lot of flak," he
said. "I told them I'd take a lie detector just to prove I'm telling the truth."
Here is an investigation to also cover up the facts. Please note that the incidents cited happened in the mid to late 90's. Mad cow is now rampant
in deer and elk in the rocky mountian areas. The truth would kill the beef industry. It is already too late.......................we may all be