Do you guys even comprehend the implications and sever consequences here if we import Canadian beef, without a time period for more cases to show up?
Well in case you didn't I'm going to do a little teaching here. As you are all nurses i'm sure you understand a little about infectous diseases.
To quote Mr. Van Clief our minister of agriculture -- This is one cow, I REPEAT THIS IS ONE COW.
One cow in Alberta was found to have Mad Cow Disease and was distroyed. That's it.
Ok 1st of they found 1 cow which was infected. Simple enough, right? Nope there could still be more. Why? Simple, that was infected of MCD, well in my experience there are other cows in the herd along with that cow. :imbar
But what does that mean? Well 1st of all how did MCD even get into Canada when ALL cattle producing nations have permanently banned feeding ANY type of meat by-product to cattle, sheep, pigs, etc. So did Canada import the cow from the U.K. which has already been banned? Or did they feed the cow meat by-products.
Now remember that the disease isn't spread from cow to cow but rather what they eat. Now I ask you, how many cows was with this one MCD cow that ate the EXACT same thing that the MCD cow did? Did they test the ENTIRE herd? Was it 50 cows, 200? 1000?
Ummm, what makes you think only eating American beef would guarantee that mad cow's disease would never happen in the US?
This brings us to the question above. Once importation is reopened Canada will start trucking beef to packer plants in the U.S.
Now does Canada have documentation of all the rest of the herd of MCD cow? Perhaps it was a slaughter cow, hence the rest of the heard could have unmanifested MCD which could show up at a later time (this disease is very new and no one know 100% what causes it or what the incubation period is for that matter)
Or was the cow with other herd cows? (unknown if the disease is passed from mother to young)
So once the exports of cattle come in again this jeopardizes the U.S. supply of meat. Why? Because there could still very well be cows from the Canadian cattle herd of the MCD cow showing up in packer plants.
Now once an infected cow is in the packer plant, does the disease spread if the meat cutter uses the same knife on different 1/4's of beef?
Now do you guys understand the implications here? Nothing is 100% with MCD, very little is actually known about it and it is a very new and untreatable disease in cattle.
I am not trying to tell you to quit eating beef but rather I question why we would open our borders up quickly after discovering just one case in Canada. Because logic would tell you where there's one cow with MCD there's bound to be more. (ie: the rest of the heard 100's/1000's of cows who might have been eating the same thing this cow was)
But if it isn't spread cow to cow, then what is the harm of importing cows? I realize they need to make sure they are healthy before being slaughtered for food, but it sounds like people are worried that cow would infect the American cows somehow?
I think you misunderstood the disscussion for hoof and mouth disease which does infect like rapid fire. MCD doesn't, probably my fault for confusing you when I was talking about both diseases in my earlier post.
Now do you guys see the importance of country of origin labeling? and why it would not be smart for us to reopen our borders so soon after a case of MCD in Canada.
I'm sure that Canada's economy depends greatly on exporting beef to the U.S. They sell cheper cows to packer plants and the plants buy up all the Canadian beef that they can. But my families livlihood depends that we have a quality product and that product is 100% pure U.S. beef.
As of right now no one should even have to worry about MCD if they are eating 100% pure U.S. beef, because as of yet there has NEVER been a documented case of MCD in the U.S. and if we don't import from Canada, it will STAY that way.
Now that's a lot to swallow isn't it?