Mad cow from mad fish fearmongering

We thought it was a joke at first.

‘Farmed Fish Could Give Humans Mad Cow Disease!’ warns the headline in ‘Natural News.’

But we have seen this silly article getting passed around the Internet recently and it even formed the basis for another spew of borderline insane verbal diarrhea from professional protesters.

So we did what no one else has apparently bothered to do. We asked the feed mills here in BC directly.

Their answer?

“We do not use any ruminant products in our feed.”

Pretty simple really. No ruminant (cow, sheep, goat) products in salmon feed means no risk of getting ‘Mad Cow Disease’ from eating farmed salmon.

Too bad the ‘Natural News’ writers and the professional protesters don’t show some responsibility and actually research their claims. It only took a couple emails to get the answer to this question from the feed mills.

Feed mill and barge
There are no cow products used in salmon feed. Is that clear enough?

But wait, there’s more.

While we were researching this post we came across lots of interesting facts about ‘Mad Cow Disease’ that we think people will find interesting. These are facts ignored by ‘Natural News’ writers that help put things in perspective.

Facts about ‘Mad Cow Disease’

  • ‘Mad Cow Disease’ is BSE, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a brain disease in cows.
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) is a brain disease in humans. There are approximately 200 cases per year in the USA.
  • 99% of cases arise sporadically (no known cause) or are hereditary.
  • Less than 1% of cases are acquired (contracted through exposure to infected brain or nervous system tissue).
  • Some researchers believe there is a link between BSE in cows and CJD in humans if people eat infected beef.

What’s the risk to humans?

There is no conclusive evidence to show people can get CJD from eating infected beef.

The appearance of the new variant of CJD (nv-CJD or v-CJD) in several younger than average people in Great Britain and France has led to concern that BSE may be transmitted to humans through consumption of contaminated beef. Although laboratory tests have shown a strong similarity between the prions causing BSE and v-CJD, there is no direct proof to support this theory. (Source)

There are only three known cases in the USA of people dying from CJD which have a possible connection with BSE infected beef.

You have a better chance of being struck by lightning than you do of contracting CJD.


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