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mad cow disease and pigs

Gordon Couger gcouger at REMOVE.provalue.net
Wed May 9 22:11:58 EST 2001


I keep up as much as I can on BSE and TSEs in gereral AFAIK pigs do not have a
TSE of any kind that affects them. If they did cooking would not affect the
transmission. 

I belive that pigs are free of TSEs enough that I eat pig brains.

Gordon

Gordon Couger
Stillwater OK

In article <p05010407b71faa78b29b@[162.83.200.14]>, Martin Weiss says...
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>For some up to date information about BSE and vCJ disease in the Us see:
>http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/cjd/bse_cjd_qa.htm
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>Martin
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>>>  live in the midwest of the United States of America. We are 
>>>accustomed to buying large quantites of meat from a packing plant 
>>>and filling our freezer. I am thinking about buying a 1/2 hog. Are 
>>>pigs involved in the mad cow controversy? Thank You
>>
>>If you do a search on Google for pigs mad cow disease you'll find a 
>>number of sites talking about BSE and pigs. However, I would go to 
>>cdc.gov or who.org to see what is new. There does not seem to be a 
>>lot of BSE in the US or it has not yet surfaced. However, I suspect 
>>if there were animals infected with BSE here, as in England, we'd be 
>>seeing human cases here and now. Feeding pigs in the US is highly 
>>regulated to cut down the transmission of trichinella and 
>>trichinosis however that relates to feeding them pig meat, which 
>>might be infected with the worm. Most cases of trichinosis in the US 
>>involve home produced (not commercially grown) pigs and inadequate 
>>treatment or cooking of their products. I am not certain if the 
>>regulations cover feeding them cow or sheep meat which might be 
>>infected with the BSE prion.
>>
>>It probably comes down to risk perception. If you drive at high 
>>speeds on the highway you certainly are greater risk of dying in a 
>>car crash than dying from BSE if you buy and eat a side of pork.
>>
>>Cheers,
>>
>>Martin
>>--
>>Martin Weiss, Ph.D.
>>Director of Science
>>New York Hall of Science
>>47-01 111 th Street
>>Corona, New York 11368
>>phone: 718 699 0005 x 356
>>facsimile:718 699 1341
>>mweiss at nyhallsci.org
>>http://www.nyhallsci.org
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>Martin Weiss, Ph.D.
>Director of Science
>New York Hall of Science
>47-01 111 th Street
>Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
>New York 11368
>+1 718 699 0005 x 356 phone
>+1 718 699 1341 facsimile
>mweiss at nyhallsci.org
>weissm at rockefeller.edu
>http://www.nyhallsci.org
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><div>For some up to date information about BSE and vCJ disease in the
>Us see:</div>
><div>http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/cjd/bse_cjd_qa.htm</div>
><div><br></div>
><div>Martin</div>
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><blockquote type="cite" cite>
><blockquote type="cite" cite><font face="Arial" size="-1">&nbsp;live
>in the midwest of the United States of America. We are accustomed to
>buying large quantites of meat from a packing plant and filling our
>freezer. I am thinking about buying a 1/2 hog. Are pigs involved in
>the mad cow controversy? Thank You</font></blockquote>
></blockquote>
><blockquote type="cite" cite><br></blockquote>
><blockquote type="cite" cite>If you do a search on Google for pigs mad
>cow disease you'll find a number of sites talking about BSE and pigs.
>However, I would go to cdc.gov or who.org to see what is new. There
>does not seem to be a lot of BSE in the US or it has not yet surfaced.
>However, I suspect if there were animals infected with BSE here, as in
>England, we'd be seeing human cases here and now. Feeding pigs in the
>US is highly regulated to cut down the transmission of trichinella and
>trichinosis however that relates to feeding them pig meat, which might
>be infected with the worm. Most cases of trichinosis in the US involve
>home produced (not commercially grown) pigs and inadequate treatment
>or cooking of their products. I am not certain if the regulations
>cover feeding them cow or sheep meat which might be infected with the
>BSE prion.</blockquote>
><blockquote type="cite" cite><br></blockquote>
><blockquote type="cite" cite>It probably comes down to risk
>perception. If you drive at high speeds on the highway you certainly
>are greater risk of dying in a car crash than dying from BSE if you
>buy and eat a side of pork.</blockquote>
><blockquote type="cite" cite><br></blockquote>
><blockquote type="cite" cite>Cheers,</blockquote>
><blockquote type="cite" cite><br></blockquote>
><blockquote type="cite" cite>Martin</blockquote>
><blockquote type="cite" cite>--<br>
>Martin Weiss, Ph.D.<br>
>Director of Science<br>
>New York Hall of Science<br>
>47-01 111 th Street<br>
>Corona, New York 11368<br>
>phone: 718 699 0005 x 356<br>
>facsimile:718 699 1341<br>
>mweiss at nyhallsci.org<br>
>http://www.nyhallsci.org</blockquote>
><div><br></div>
>
><div>-- <br>
>Martin Weiss, Ph.D.<br>
>Director of Science<br>
>New York Hall of Science<br>
>47-01 111 th Street<br>
>Flushing Meadows-Corona Park<br>
>New York 11368<br>
>+1 718 699 0005 x 356 phone<br>
>+1 718 699 1341 facsimile<br>
>mweiss at nyhallsci.org<br>
>weissm at rockefeller.edu<br>
>http://www.nyhallsci.org</div>
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Gordon Couger
Stillwater OK




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