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Test needed for prions in meat

MagazineApril 1999 (Vol. 10 Issue 1)Test needed for prions in meat

presents no threat to human health" is, I think, misleading

"BSE . . presents no threat to human health" is, I think, misleading.Perhaps "no significant threat to human health" would have been more appropriate, but later in the article it is explained: "If BSE is injected into other animals, it does not produce a disease specific to that animal. It simply produces BSE." I presume this means injecting brain and spinal cord material from BSE infected animals, because BSE is not a substance it is a clinical condition, and therefore cannot be injected.

Surely what is needed is a very sensitive test to detect prions in meat and in processed products, if the prions are indeed the cause of the disease. It is, therefore, looking at things the wrong way by trying to remove nerve tissue from carcasses as a sole means of protecting the public. Such tests might also be applicable to animal feeds as minimum standards. Michael Davidson, Dorset.........


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