I’ll repeat my post from the Hot Dogs forum:
Of course the Dept. of Ag. wants you to think that "beef is absolutely safe to eat". They are trying to avoid a panic and support the biggest section of American agriculture: beef producers. Do you believe everything the government tells you? I sure as hell don’t.
And I’ll agree with the Harvard people….yes, "the risk of Americans contracting mad cow disease is ‘as close to zero as you can get’". It is totally impossible for humans to contract BCE (mad-cow disease). Humans get CJD….
Meowzart: You are correct in saying that humans do not get mad cow disease, but get CJD. Where you are incorrect is leading people to believe that they cannot contract CJD from cows that are infected with the disease.
The prions which are proteins and cannot be destroyed somehow mutate and that is where the problems exist. There is some type of conflict that occurs. When that happens, the disease will cross over. Prions are not understood very well by the medical community and they certainly do not understand the long term effects from this very serious problem. That is one of the reasons that people from Europe who have consumed beef and rejected as blood donors. The down side from this is if it is deemed serious enough, all beef consumers in the USA could potentially be rejected as a blood donor. That would cause immeasureable problems for major surgeries.
One thing that I do know is the total effects from the problem will not be know for some time. It devestated the beef market in Canada and it very will could in the USA and probably will. Cooking the beef will not remove the problem. That is something that the majority of the citizens in the USA do not know. This could be the beginning of something much more serious than AIDS. Please do not underestimate the seriousness of this problem. Prions are not well understood.
I am not a perveyor of ill will and and I do not want to overstate the problem but there is a problem. If I was lleechef, I would not buy beef in Alaska. Can you ascertain where the brain and brainstem products are used? Is it in the weiners, balogna or whatever.
Beef is my favorite protein and I love a great steak and brisket. This has caused me to re-evaluate my preferences.
Paul E. Smith