Northeastern University professor lays out the truth about mad cow disease: it may be in your freezer

Northeastern University professor lays out the truth about mad cow disease: it may be in your freezer

He re''s a must read article on mad cow disease. It focuses on the comments from a professor at Northeastern University who says that contaminated beef is right now sitting in grocery stores and personal freezers all across the country. He goes on to state that the reason the beef and cattle industries are fighting so hard against mad cow testing other animals is because they know that many more animals are affected, and is simply don''t want to be faced with the reality of finding that out! He also points out that both England and Japan now test all the cows for mad cow disease, following the earlier outbreaks, and that the United States should follow their lead in test its own cows as well. I couldn''t agree more: the USDA is clearly protecting the cattle industry instead of protecting consumers. It will probably take the death of American consumers from mad cow disease before the USDA changes its position an attempt to demand a testing of all cattle. This article also mentions the use of brain tissue and nerve tissue in feed given to cows at small and large ranches all across the country - a practice that is in fact the perfect environment for the spread of mad cow disease, and one that has been hidden from public view for many years. I believe that the public actually knew what went into the cows that they are eating, they wouldn''t touch red meat in any form whatsoever.

  • "The American public should be concerned, at this moment, there is contaminated beef sitting in grocery stores and personal freezers across the country," said Krull.
  • Current tests for such diseases -- known collectively as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, for the sponge-like formations they cause in the brain -- are effective only on slaughtered animals because brain tissue is needed to confirm a diagnosis.
  • Krull, a strong advocate for mandatory mad cow testing of all slaughtered cows intended for market, suggests the United States follow the lead of countries such as England and Japan.
  • Northeastern University, located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, is a world leader in cooperative education and recognized for its expert faculty and first-rate academic and research facilities.

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/01/040115074059.htm

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