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Mad cow disease.
Mad cow disease.

Mad Cow Disease

Thursday, August 16, 2001
Many people are concerned about the foot-and-mouth and mad cow disease situation in Europe.

Many people are concerned about the foot-and-mouth and mad cow disease situation in Europe. We have had an e-mail from Lesley Ryan who is concerned about her son's imminent trip to the United Kingdom. She is fairly aware of the implications of foot and mouth, but wants to advise her son about what he should and should not eat while he is away.

A quick recap — mad cow disease was first diagnosed in Britain in 1986. The disease is passed from infected meat to humans, causing brain damage and, eventually, death. Massive cattle culling ensued, but it has only been since 1996 that stringent regulations have been in place to ensure that disease-free meat is being served up on British dinner tables.

The initial outbreak of mad cow disease certainly caused a wave of vegetarianism, but there is no need to eat lentils if you are not that way inclined.

The British Government officially says that British meat is now disease-free and there is plenty of Aussie or Kiwi meat available in restaurants and supermarkets over there! Lesley's son should not be concerned about meat by-products like milk, cheese and butter, as they are not affected.

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