Disease Proof

Crouching Cow, Hidden Disease

Mad Cow Disease freaks me out. Not because I eat beef—which I don’t. Just think about it for a second. When all the low-carbers go bonkers from their medium-rare overindulgence, who’s going be left to take care of them? Us!

And now, The Associated Press is reporting that a cow imported into the U.S. in 2002 was part of the same Canadian herd diagnosed with mad cow disease back in February. Take a look:
Older animals carry a higher risk of mad cow disease, which is known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE.


"If it was showing any signs, it would not have been able to go to slaughter," Karen Eggert, a spokeswoman for the Animal and Plant Inspection Service said, noting that it was observed by Agriculture Department inspectors.

Meat from the animal probably entered the food supply, Eggert said, but is at "negligible" risk of having posed a threat to animal or human health.
How does "negligible risk" sit with you?
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Heidi - April 12, 2007 9:59 AM

Sure, "negligible risk" does not sit well with me, and, unfortuantely, we can't wait for everyone to make good, ethical choices in any field. Don't buy beef! If no one buys the stuff, then the issue disappears... in this form, anyway. Spend your money in accordance with your values. In a capitalist society, what could be more powerful?

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