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Help Stop Mad Cow Disease

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The facts from an email from Consumers Union.

Following up on the recent report of a case of Mad Cow disease found in California.

"Mad Cow disease is transmitted through animal feed, and the United States allows cows to be fed chicken coop waste – chicken feces, feathers and spilled feed that may include ground-up cattle parts that could carry the disease.

Compounding the risk, only one in every 900 cattle in the U.S. is tested for Mad Cow, a tiny fraction of the beef that makes it onto our tables. More surprising, our government actually prevents beef processors from testing their own stock!"

The European Union now tests every cow over the age of 6, when they’re most likely to contract the disease. But testing here has actually decreased 90 percent since 2005. Now, we test only 40,000 of the 35 million cows slaughtered each year.

And many large-scale cattle operators are turning cows, which are natural vegetarians, into cannibals. Cow meat and bone meal that can carry the disease are in chicken feed, and chicken coop waste is then fed to cows at a rate of 2 billion pounds a year.

Tell the FDA and USDA to get serious about stopping Mad Cow.

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I will only be buying certified grass fed beef, on rare occasions because of the cost.
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