An April 6 New York Times editorial calls for 100% testing of U.S. cattle for BSE. The editorial doesn't lend any support to Creekstone Farms' bid for private testing, but calls for USDA to test every cow that goes to slaughter, saying: “The cost is not prohibitive. Fear is the problem.”

The editorial claims the “fear” is that “broad testing may reveal a higher rate of infection and destroy consumer confidence, with a devastating impact on the cattle market.”

Creekstone Farms is suing USDA over its refusal to allow it to BSE-test all the cattle it harvests. Japan has not said, however, that it would accept such privately tested cattle.