So what are you having for supper?
OTTAWA (CP) - A scientist and former inspector for the U.S Agriculture Department says he's willing to take a lie detector test to back his claim that his government is covering up mad cow disease.
Lester Friedlander, now a consumer advocate, was fired from his job as head of inspections at a large meat-packing plant in Philadelphia in 1995 after criticizing what he called unsafe practices.
Friedlander said U.S. Agriculture Department veterinarians sent suspect cow brains to private laboratories that confirmed they were infected with mad cow disease, but samples from the same animals were cleared by government labs.
He wouldn't reveal the names of the veterinarians, saying in an interview that they still work for the Agriculture Department and would be fired if identified.
The department has denied Friedlander's allegations, first made in a speech last week in Edmonton.
He's in Ottawa to testify at a Commons committee examining proposed changes to the Canadian food regulation system.