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The Department of Agriculture is on Fire

In what might be the most bizarre headline I have seen in 15 years of following food cases:

Cattle heads recalled by USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is warning consumers that 406,000 pounds of frozen cattle heads are being recalled by a Kansas meat packer.‚Ä®‚Ä®  The cattle heads are being recalled because tonsils were not removed properly, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.‚Ä®‚Ä®  The recall is being made to prevent human exposure to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE.‚Ä®‚Ä®  BSE is popularly known as mad cow disease.‚Ä®‚Ä®  The heads packed before March 28 and sent to wholesalers and retailers were produced by Elkhorn Valley Packing of Harper, Kansas.  The Food Safety and Inspection Service rated the health risk as low, with no reports of illness.

Ok, someone know what people do with frozen cattle heads?

  • TSS

    > FSIS has received no reports of illness at this time.
    now for the rest of the story, no reports of illness WOULD be reported yet from BSE or any other TSE typical or atypical to date, due to the long incubation period. just like those downers i.e. non-ambulatory cattle those children consumed all accross the nation, none of them would be showing signs of illness YET. the incubation period for mad cow disease in humans is anywhere from 16 years to 22 years. they forgot to mention that. …TSS
    Science 23 November 2001:
    Vol. 294. no. 5547, pp. 1726 – 1728
    DOI: 10.1126/science.1066838
    Reports
    Estimation of Epidemic Size and Incubation Time Based on Age Characteristics
    of vCJD in the United Kingdom
    Alain-Jacques Valleron,1 Pierre-Yves Boelle,1 Robert Will,2 Jean-Yves
    Cesbron3
    SNIP…
    The distribution of the vCJD incubation period that best fits the data within the framework of our model has a mean of 16.7 years, with a standard deviation of 2.6 years. The 95% upper percentile of this distribution is 21.4 years. The 95% confidence interval (CI) of the estimates of the mean and standard deviation is relatively narrow: The 95% CI for the estimate of the mean incubation period is 12.4 to 23.2 years, and the 95% CI of the standard deviation is 0.9 to 8 years (10). The decrease in susceptibility to infection in exposed subjects older than 15 years, as estimated from the parameter , was found to be very sharp: 16% per year of age (CI: 12 to 23%). This means that, under the best fitting hypothesis, an individual aged 20
    years in 1981 had 55% less risk of becoming infected than a child aged 15 years (99.9% for an individual aged 70).
    http://www.sciencemag.org/
    The Veterinary Record 156:401-407 (2005)
    © 2005 British Veterinary Association
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    —-
    Papers and Articles
    Pathogenesis of experimental bovine spongiform encephalopathy: preclinical
    infectivity in tonsil and observations on the distribution of lingual tonsil
    in slaughtered cattle
    G. A. H. Wells, BVetMed, FRCPath, DipECVP, DipACVP, MRCVS1, J. Spiropoulos,
    DVM, PhD, MRCVS1, S. A. C. Hawkins, MIBiol1 and S. J. Ryder, MA, VetMB,
    CertVR, PhD, MRCVS1
    1 Veterinary Laboratories Agency – Weybridge, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey
    KT15 3NB
    The infectivity in tissues from cattle exposed orally to the agent of BSE was assayed by the intracerebral inoculation of cattle. In addition to the infectivity in the central nervous system and distal ileum at stages of pathogenesis previously indicated by mouse bioassay, traces of infectivity
    were found in the palatine tonsil of cattle killed 10 months after exposure. Because the infectivity may therefore be present throughout the tonsils in
    cattle infected with BSE, observations were made of the anatomical and histological distribution of lingual tonsil in the root of the tongue of cattle. Examinations of tongues derived from abattoirs in Britain and intended for human consumption showed that macroscopically identifiable tonsillar tissue was present in more than 75 per cent of them, and even in the tongues in which no visible tonsillar tissue remained, histological examination revealed lymphoid tissue in more than 90 per cent. Variations in the distribution of the lingual tonsil suggested that even after the most rigorous trimming of the root of the tongue, traces of tonsillar tissue may
    remain.
    http://veterinaryrecord.bvapublications.com/cgi/content/abstract/156/13/401?ck=nck
    Annex A.2 Distribution of infectivity in animal tissue and body fluids
    http://www.advisorybodies.doh.gov.uk/acdp/tseguidance/tseguidance_annexa2-feb07.pdf
    SPECIFIED RISK MATERIALS
    http://madcowspontaneousnot.blogspot.com/2008/02/specified-risk-materials-srm.html
    Sunday, March 16, 2008
    MAD COW DISEASE terminology UK c-BSE (typical), atypical BSE H or L, and or
    Italian L-BASE
    http://bse-atypical.blogspot.com/2008/03/mad-cow-disease-terminology-uk-c-bse.html
    SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM FROM DOWNER CATTLE UPDATE
    http://downercattle.blogspot.com/
    SRM MAD COW RECALL 406 THOUSAND POUNDS CATTLE HEADS WITH TONSILS KANSAS
    http://cjdmadcowbaseoct2007.blogspot.com/2008/04/srm-mad-cow-recall-406-thousand-pounds.html
    Terry S. Singeltary Sr.

  • Amanda

    Head cheese, hot dogs, bologna — the possibilities were endless for those heads until their tonsils got in the way.