Substances Prohibited From Use in Animal Food or Feed [Docket No. 2002N-0273] (Formerly Docket No. 02N-0273) RIN 0910-AF46
The claim that "FDA strengthens BSE feed safeguards" is only ink on paper. The consumer was promised much more than this back in 2004. You can make all the rules and regulations you want, but enforcing those rules and regulations is another story, and the FDA and USDA have failed the consumer terribly over the past eight years. All one has to do is look at the enforcement activities, and the amount of banned mad cow protein "in commerce" since the ban was put into effect August 4, 1997.
Please be aware, it was only a partial and voluntary ban. If they cannot enforce the ban, then what good is it? Putting out a recall, after 10 million pounds of banned mad cow protein is put out into commerce to be eaten is like closing the barn door after the mad cows got loose (2007 FDA enforcement recall).
Remember, it takes less than half a gram of tainted feed to kill many cows.
I wish to tell you the rest of this story. I lost my mother to the Heidenhain variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. When they told me it just happens in one in a million, and that it is a spontaneous event without any cause, and that no mad cows were in the USA. I made a promise to mom I would find the truth. The media does not care much because this myth of that UKBSEnvCJD is only theory. Well, that's wrong and that's just part of the story. It's a long story, one the media does not care about, and the public doesn't care because more haven't dropped dead.
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies have a long incubation period. But recently three U.S. CJD cases have been reported in females younger than 30. Recently, we learned that school lunch programs all across the nation were using beef that came from "downer" cows, i.e. non-ambulatory. In my opinion, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The last two mad cows in the USA were of the atypical strain. Recent science has shown that atypical BSE is more virulent. The USDA and FDA are playing dumb.
[Federal Register: April 25, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 81)] [Rules and Regulations] [Page 22719-22758] [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr25ap08-8]
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Food and Drug Administration
21 CFR Part 589
[Docket No. 2002N-0273] (Formerly Docket No. 02N-0273) RIN 0910-AF46
Substances Prohibited From Use in Animal Food or Feed
AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.