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Originally posted by superdude
I was under the impression that it could not be tested for. The "Prions" I believe they are called, cannot be tested for. Please advise, I would love to know more!
It's not exactly 'high tech', they suck out some cow brains (after the cow is dead) and stick them into the head of a mouse.
Originally posted by superdude
This one is a little scary if you ask me. A food ban was implemented to stop the spread of the disease, yet another cow has come down with the disease. If the culprit is contaminated food, then how can anyone be sure what is and what isn't contaminated?
If a measure so severe was taken that they banned a foodsource, how can it be possible that this contamination happened. Is there a way to actualy stop this disease?
[edit on 11-1-2005 by Banshee]
Originally posted by parrhesia
Relentless, it couldn't have been infected prior to the ban. It hadn't been born.
Though, I wonder if BSE can be transmitted from Mamma cow to calf?
"This is not unexpected," he told a news conference. "Although this animal was born after the feed ban was put in place (in 1997) preliminary information indicates the likely source is contaminated feed and this will be the focus of our investigations."
"I am directing the CFIA to conduct an examination of what this animal may have been fed early in its life and the potential feed source."
A ruminant to ruminant feed ban was introduced in 1997 to stop the spread of the disease through infected tissue. But officials said some infected feed may have been consumed shortly after the ban.
Originally posted by Relentless
So, first of all, this particular cow was in a tight window that is being somewhat acknowledged. Secondly, another thing that they refuse to establish is whether a pregnant cow with the disease can pass it on either while carrying the calf or through it's milk.
You should know that symptoms can take years to manifest. It's entirely possible that the cow was infected prior to the feed ban, and didn't show up until now.
All BSE cases as well as, if they are females, all their progeny born within the last two years together with all cattle reared with them during their first year of life that consumed the same potentially contaminated feed or all animals born in the same herd within 12 months of their birth, if alive are completely destroyed following their slaughter or death
The weaning of calves on cattle blood remains legal and widespread. Cattle blood and fat are fed legally to cattle. Cattle are legally fed to pigs and chickens which are in turn legally fed back to cattle.
The USDA will sue any company privately testing for mad cow disease. The USDA's own testing program is inadequate and has no transparency. The recent announcement that a suspect cow was eventually found negative has not been confirmed or verified outside of the USDA and therefore should not be trusted.
Originally posted by Bleys
No oversight - no independent verification - no confidence at least on my part. How many people already have this disease and don't even know it.
Originally posted by CelticMist
I found a lovely article on milk at Rense.com~old but worth the read:
One thing I do not agree with regarding this article is that all dairy is the same. If it is organic, a great deal of these problems do not occur.