A Bloody Debate
Vaccines Possibly At Risk
What Are They Eating?!
Dogs Said, No Thank You!
Cats, Dogs Scrapie & BSE
Think First, Then Bite
Prion Patties & Mystery Meat Pies
Imports Banned in Australia
When In Doubt, Throw It Out
Is My Food Safe?
Safety Measures in the Home
Down On the Farm
Jeff Rense's List of Animal
General Medical and Healthcare Products
Jeff Rense's List of Animal
General Food Products
THINK FIRST, THEN BITE
Hold the phone! Just what are you putting in your face, Mr. Green? Is that lunch meat we see? A BSE burger? Mystery meat on rye? STOP!!!
The whole issue of food safety was brought sharply into focus this week with the article "Zoos Raided As German Food Scare Grows". It tells of a small Berlin zoo in Kreuzberg where the staff have eaten some of its inhabitants out of desperation. So far, all the geese have disappeared along with four ducks and seven hens.
Due to BSE fears, mainstays of the German diet, beef and sausages, have been wiped from grocery store shelves and people are literally left to forage food. When the first scare appeared in November last year, Germans switched to game. Because they have been fed the same poisonous MBM (meat and bonemeal) that can give cattle BSE, deer are now off-menu. Scientists have also warned not to consume sheep due to scrapie fears.
No true German could go hungry as long as pork was available. Unfortunately last week, officials announced that for years millions of Bavarian pigs have been fattened up with illegal drugs including the same anabolic steroids that made East German women swim as fast as men and put hair on their chests. Lends new meaning to "we'll make a man out of you yet!"
It gets worse. Battery chickens have been poisoned with salmonella and sometimes dioxin. Heaven forbid anyone get so hungry they eat the family pet, but cats and dogs are out of the question because they been fed low-grade beef. On down the food line, hamsters and guinea-pigs have eaten MBM for years. What's left? We've hit fur, fowl and some fin, but fresh fish is not familiar to the German palate and it's hard to find.
While really not appealing to Germans, some are turning vegetarian. When your foods are fouled, life becomes very unfunny - fast. The question ringing in their ears is what can we eat?
PRION PATTIES AND MYSTERY MEAT PIES
You have to wonder if some people have a death wish between feedmills flagrantly ignoring FDA regulations on meat and bonemeal and other companies still looking for ways to palm off questionable foods on the unsuspecting public. While it's understandable businesses need to mitigate losses, it's reprehensible to do so at the cost of feeding people or animals deadly prions and cannibalistic foods.
In Britain, shops may have sold BSE burgers and meat pies due to loopholes in laws. While it is illegal to import meat over 30 months, vendors could drive anywhere in Europe, buy fresh meat from cattle over 30 months old and make it into meat products. The ironic part is this meat is more likely to carry prions.
Harriet Kimbell who is a member of the government advisory committee on BSE stated it is also not illegal to import pies or process foods made with meat over 30 months old from countries with BSE.25 Baffles the brain doesn't it and the people who pass off bad meat will probably live to 90.
For the most part, people eating fast food in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US are least at risk for a BSE burger. America imports their beef, besides using home grown meat, from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Argentina - all of which have had no Mad Cow except for one imported bovine in Canada a several years ago and which has been destroyed. Incidentally, Australia is the world's leader in export beef.
People dining at the golden arches or Burger King can eat with relative peace of mind. McDonald's and Burger King sent out many pamphlets assuring folks their meat was 100% BSE-free as it purchased all its meat from the US or Italy. Oops! Italy? Well, strike Italy off the "clean" list. McDonald's was nearly wearing egg McMuffin on its face when media reported a BSE-infected cow from Italy was destined to be used in their burgers.
It's another case of "officially it's safe, but..."
The UK Food Standards Agency ordered a three-year study August 2000 to be conducted "as soon as possible" on the safety of milk. We truly don't get this "as soon as possible" business.If there were any question, ANY question at all, it should be the #1 priority of the food industry to investigate it.
Is this ASAP timetable to indicate officials truly aren't concerned or are they once again attempting to still the panic like they tried to do with years of denial for meat safety? The British government is too offhand in the face of a possible mammoth, industry-wide problem. (See Deyo Note below.)
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Agriculture said that the inquiry would cost £800,000 and pronounced these comforting words, "Milk is safe but this research is to put it beyond doubt. It is a precautionary measure and previous studies have shown milk is safe."28
If milk is not safe beyond all doubt, then under no circumstances should officials lead the public to think this is the case.
It goes without saying, if milk isn't safe, neither is cheese. Cheese consumption, especially over the past five years in the States, is certainly a growth industry. At the present rate, the graph indicates every man, woman, child and infant consumes about 2-1/2 pounds of cheese each year. Take away the number of people who don't eat it due to budgetary reasons or are allergic orare babies on the bottle or eat only baby food, that pound-per-person number significantly increases. Admit it, we're a bunch of cheese-aholics! Same for Australia and Scotland who also have huge dairy industries.
Last July, the Vermont State Health Department recommended people not eat cheese made with milk from three flocks of sheep officials feared could be infected with the sheep version of Mad Cow.29 We didn't know they even made cheese from sheep milk, only cow and goat. The sheep cheese in question had been distributed to specialty stores. One of the two cheeses had the unfortunate name of "Three Shepherds of the Mad River Valley". Now there's a name that breeds confidence!
IMPORTS BANNED IN AUSTRALIA AS OF JANUARY 8, 2001
Australia had imported about 1200 tons (1000 tonnes) of ban-affected beef each year, accounting for 0.2% of annual beef consumption. Monday, January 8, Australia and New Zealand asked, but did not require grocery stores to pull an estimated 50 items from their shelves containing European beef and related products. Consumers have been warned to check labels on imported foods and discard corned beef, luncheon meat, hotdogs, liverwurst, pate and other products containing European beef. Milk products, gelatin and tallow are not banned because of the amount of processing in making them.
DEYO NOTE: Processing may have very little to do with the safety of these products since pasteurization does not take heat high enough to kills prions. Long life milk (UHT) comes the closest, but definitely falls short. To qualify, UHT milk is pasteurized with heat of 138oC for not less than two seconds. This milk can be stored at room temp for 6 months unopened. Regular milk's pasteurization process (HTST - High Temp, Short Time) only takes the heating process to 72oC for 16 seconds and then is cooled to 4oC.30 To disable prions, requires autoclaving with lye at 134oC for 15 minutes.
Australia does not require imported products to have labels nor must they specify the exact contents of foods that do carry labels. ANZFA (Australia and New Zealand Food Authority) encourages consumers to ask if you're not sure whether or not a food could contain beef from Europe. This recall for grocery stores, the agricultural industry as well as meat and livestock corporations is NOT mandatory for the retailer, but certainly there is a "buyer beware" warning issued. The Fact Sheet from ANZFA specifically states, "...you should check if there is beef in the ingredient list and check the country of origin identified on the label. The products should be discarded. They should not be fed to pets or other animals."
© Text and Graphics, 2001 Stan and Holly Deyo, except where otherwise credited