"The system works," the governor declared. "They found that one cow ... and could identify it. ... So folks, eat beef -- eat it with the assurance that it is safe, it's good for you, it is nutritious."
Hundreds of people lined up for free, freshly grilled hamburgers at the Boise event, sponsored by the Idaho Cattle Association.
"Y'know, the American public is subjected to a terrific amount of information about food. Some of it is hard to sort through," said Ted Hoffman, a veterinarian and cattle rancher from Mountain Home, and an ICA past president. "But it's not hard to sort through when we say we have enough faith in this, we're going to cook some and give it to you now."
The Cattle Association wants Idahoans to put beef on their menus an extra time each week, to help the industry make up for lost export business due to the mad cow scare.