Has anyone heard anything about mad cow disease in Canada? - page 5

A couple of months ago the Red Cross sent me away because I had spent time in the UK. I just heard on the radio that MCD's been found in Canada. Is this true?... Read More

  1. by   HoJo
    Update heard on the way into work tonight that my states senators (including Daschle) and congressman will not vote to reopen the borders until Country of Origin Labeling is in place.
  2. by   Edward,IL
    Thank you for a very interesting thread regarding an important public health issue.
    A similar situation occurs within the beef/pork/sheep/dairy industries regarding Johnes disease in farm animals.
    It is known that Jonnes diseaes is caused by a bacteria: mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (MAP). This microorganism is thought to cause Crohn's disease in humans. It is present in our meat supply, milk in the US. The UK and other countries that have public health system have taken steps to protect their food supply. The German health minstry has issued a warning to HIV-pos people to avoid meat/milk to prevent Crohn's disease in this already immuncompromised population. An organization called PARA
    (visit their web site) is encouraging research to validate the ink between MAP and Crohn's disease.
    Bottom line Crohn's disease can be easily treated with two common antibiotics currently available, Rifabutin and Biaxin (Clarithromycin) taken for several years.
    If I had kids these days, I'd be really careful about what I'd let them eat.
    Just my thoughts, Edward, IL
  3. by   caroladybelle
    Please provide a verifiable authoritative link for that information, Edward.

    To make a blanket statement like that, somewhat calls for it.
  4. by   I_Love_Donuts
  5. by   caroladybelle
    Skip that - I will look it up on the web.