Mad cow disease has been found in Washington state, a U.S. industry official said on Tuesday, in what would be the first incidence of the disease in the United States.
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Too bad that won't happen--it certainly didn't in Canada!
Two words: Cheap Steak!
Posted 23 December 2003 - 08:30 PM
BTW Japan has apparently suspended the importation of American beef pending the outcome of the test of the affected cattle.
Kristin Wagner, aka "torakris"
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Only one of these three has been suspected to cause mad cow disease. That one -- feeding the remains of cows to other livestock -- has been illegal in the US since 1997.
Do not feed cows (or vegetarian animals) meat.
Do not give a cannibalistic diet to animals.
Do not pump animals with drugs for promoting growth.
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Posted 24 December 2003 - 05:37 AM
Oh, the normal type we keep on farms... tractors, plows, irrigation pipe
I can't imagine that it would be good for a cow to eat a magnet.
What kind of hardware do they eat?
Mabelline is right, though. We feed beef bone meal to chickens and chicken bone meal to hogs and hog bone meal to beef. It's like we can't analogize from trichinosis from hogs to people to rats to hogs. We're taking prions from beef to chickens/pork to beef/pork/chickens to people/beef/pork/chickens/whatever because we feed byproducts to animals to raise protein levels of their feed.
The alternative would be to treat all the bone meal/by-products with DTT or ethanolamine to destroy all of the prions, but I think that would begin to get prohibitively expensive. Or, to stop feeding ruminants meat. Hmm, that's a show-stopping concept.
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Unfortunately, if you look at the history, it's not all that transparent or comforting. Congress refused to pass a law requiring testing of all animals headed for slaughter, as has been done in Europe for years. This animal, even though it was so ill it was unable to stand (the clear symptom of terminal mad cow disease) was tagged for testing only, the sample was taken, and the rest of the carcass went into processing for human consumption. There was no provision for removing suspect animals from processing, and most infected animals are slaughtered long before they develop symptoms.
What is reassuring is how quickly, decisively and transparently this was handled. After the recent Canadian experience, there was no doubt that announcing the discovery of a single case of mad cow was going to have serious and expensive consequences, but no one delayed or equivocated.
Posted 24 December 2003 - 07:03 AM