The accumulation of abnormal prions in the brain causes neuronal cells to die and a type of protein called amyloid to accumulate in plaques or flat areas and causes degeneration of brain tissue... ... middle of paper ... ...a BSE case in a dairy cow born in Alberta in 2004 (Mad Cow Disease Outbreaks Timeline). Since 1989, when the first BSE case was reported outside UK, a total of 1,088,556 cases have been reported from a number of different countries (Questions & Answers: BSE). The widespread infection of cattle in the United Kingdom with Mad Cow disease caused panic worldwide and resulted in major changes to the cattle industry. Mad Cow disease caused millions of cattle to be slaughtered to prevent the disease from becoming a worldwide epidemic. Laws were implemented to regulate what is fed to the cattle and what parts of cattle can be used in animal and human food to help prevent the spread of the disease among cattle and from cattle to humans.
An international news released in March, Earthsave joined with the physicians committee for responsible medicine (PCRM) in Washington, DC to draw attention to mad cow disease. The release also sought to counter the mistaken, albeit widely reported notion that beef can be safe if only we somehow purge the meat supply of contaminants and contagions, such as the infectious agent responsible for mad cow disease. Is it safe? The fact is, when cows are healthy, eating them isn’t. According to numerous studies by noted researchers, too many people worldwide are already suffering and dying from deadly substances found in beef, as well as in poultry, pork, fish, and dairy products.
Although the study of this disease cost even more for the country we have been able to learn much about this disease and now know the precautions we must make to sustain a healthy beef environment for the people here. Since when you have thousands of cows on a farm with BSE and are being slaughtered and sold to the meat industry without knowing that they have this horrible disease made even more trouble for the beef industry. One farm knew that they were manufacturing tainted meat and yet still kept providing it for the beef industry. Eventually it was discovered that this farm was doing that and the government went in and threw out all the tainted meat and shutdown the farm for good. That cost us several million pounds of meat and it was pretty costly.
In order to prevent this disease, the beef is inspected before coming into the United States. Without antibodies, a microscope is the only other way to confirm the cow as being infected. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, other wise known as mad cow disease is “an infectious degenerative brain disease occurring in cattle” (www.dictionary.com). Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy is one of many Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy’s (TSE) in animals. Humans can not be infected with BSE but if they are exposed to contaminated meat, then they are at risk of being infected with Creutzfeldt - Jakob disease (CJD).
Even with that being said, I still believe that any cow with mad-cow disease should be dealt with accordingly, in other words killed and incinerated in order to stop the disease from spreading. If its meat has already been distributed the meat should immediately be recalled. Now, mad-cow disease is carried by an abnormal protein known as prion. As you now know, mad-cow disease is transmitted through consumption. So, you may be wondering, how is it being transmitted through the infected cows to other cows?
When it comes to cattle, disease prevention is vital due to the fact that beef is one of the largest food sources in the world. There are many different diseases that can affect bovine. Most of them can be treated, but not all. With new advances in medicine and technology, farmers and veterinarians now have the power to prevent these diseases from breaking out instead of waiting until their cattle are infected and dying. There are multiple ways farmers can avoid the initial infection and use effective methods to prevent diseases from infecting the rest of their herd.
(Moss, 2009) The process for producing lean finely textured beef (LFTB) is simple, but many regard as unethical. The trimmings for cows were normally thrown away or fed to dogs until Eldon Roth found a way to apply the scraps, and use them to create a filler in ground beef that would reduce the cost. These trimmings are normally found towards the ... ... middle of paper ... ...ef Products Incorporated is facing many recalls in the recent past and will be further scrutinized by the FDA and U.S.D.A. along with the public. Meat sold with lean finely textured beef needs to be labeled as such and consumers should be more aware of what they are purchasing.
When people think of the cow that their burger comes from, they think of a peaceful, fenced-in field with cows grazing lazily. In reality that beef comes from a cow who is forced to eat something it cannot digest, in a cramped, loud feedlot, covered in feces. Big business has worked hard to hide the reality of food origin. The American government should create legislation that would eliminate this problem. Research is being done with invitro meat, otherwise known as lab grown meat.
Why BSE Should Be Eradicated- -BSE is a fatal disease- BSE has been seen to progress very slowly in relation to other diseases, however is very contagious and fatal for not only cattle, but humans as well. While many diseases that are transmittable from animals to humans will affect the young or older humans, the median age of those infected with Mad Cow Disease is 26 (2). BSE has been linked to a fatal brain disease in humans referred to as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease or vCJD. Eating meat from an infected cow is what many presume to be the cause of vCJD in humans (3). Symptoms include movement deficits, memory disturbances and cognitive impairments, all of which lead to an eventual death.
Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease is caused by mad cow disease. If they infected their brain became like a spongy, because disease eat the brain. Those cause of the memory loss, and finally people couldn?ft maintain their physical activities. In Europe already about more than 120 people died caused by the mad cow disease. And there are not sure how many people are already infected.