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Mad Cow Disease May Infect Through Milk Despite USDA Claims

Anthony Gucciardi
April 27th, 2012
Updated 11/02/2012 at 10:54 pm
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Following the latest confirmed case of mad cow disease in California, the USDA and the dairy industry alike are struggling to assure consumers that drinking affected milk poses no serious risk to your health. Despite these warnings, some scientists have found research that points to the contrary. In fact, two large studies found that prions — pathogenic agents associated with mad cow disease and other life-threatening conditions — can actually transfer from animal to animal via milk consumption.

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One such study, performed by a conglomerate of French, Norwegian, and British researchers, actually observed the presence of prions in sheep milk – the very prions that the USDA says cannot inhabit US dairy. Shockingly, this peer-reviewed study was published back in 2008 in the journal PLoS Pathogens. Why has the USDA not spoken of this study, or even the second study that reached similar conclusions? In case you’re unsure, let’s examine an excerpt from the study authors:

This finding indicates that milk from small ruminants could contribute to the transmission of prion disease between animals. It also raises some concern with regard to the risk to humans associated with milk products from ovine and other dairy species.

While it may not be a study correlating prions to cow dairy milk, it is certainly cause for the USDA to launch a full investigation and warn consumers of the potential risks. Instead, the agency continues to insist that the milk is completely safe. You may be wondering if this still applies to the recent outbreak due to the fact that it has been described as ‘rare’ and ‘atypical’ by the USDA in official statements. Interestingly, there have not been any studies regarding the transmission between this ‘atypical’ mad cow disease and milk. Therefore, the USDA ‘experts’ are completely in the dark and ultimately bringing public health along with them.

According to Mother Jones, Consumers Union chief scientist Michael Hansen confirmed the lack of research, stating that he is unaware of any study regarding the link between this rare form of the disease:

In a phone interview, Hansen stressed that previous studies have suggested that “classic” BSE—not the “atypical” one found in the California cow—does not transmit through milk.

There is also another study that brings up the question as to whether or not milk could transmit the disease. Scientists in the UK revealed startling findings back in 2008 as well, demonstrating that the “transmission of scrapie from ewe to lamb via milk (or colostrum)” was entirely possible. Their work was published in BMC Veterinary Research, another prominent journal.

The USDA is an organization that admittedly ‘doesn’t know’ if you are eating cloned meat, and has repeatedly chosen major corporations over public interest. Is it any wonder why the organization is also failing to research this issue to the full extent that it should?

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  • yankee phil

    There is suppose to be a law against infected animals remaining alive. Also any farmer knowingly not destroying their sick animals were subject to prosecution and mandatory jail time. Is this disease still coming from australia through their cattle feed industry that distributes world wide and if so why aren't we putting ossy's in jail for murder . Isn't making the food supply lethal a form of terrorism , biological warfare of a kind? Do any saudi's own farms in australia or america? Shouldn't homeland security be involved in keeping the food supply of america safe or is feeling people up at the airport more important?

  • Concerned

    1996: over 30 confirmed cases of CJD on Long Island in NY.

    Plum Island rests just where Long Island Sound flushes twice daily.

    Had a friend, a Meat Inspector with the USDA. We watched a very healthy person die in 6 months once CJD took them over.

    Irony of it all, Inspector denied existance of CJD at all in any part of the USA. Kept their paycheck intact though.

    Lesson learned: Any level protects itself, not just on top.

  • Nathan

    It's probably worth mentioning that Dr Harash Narang claims that BSE is not caused by prions. Narang claims that BSE is a virus disease.

    The virus Narang claims to have identified is particularly difficult to destroy or denature,because it is made of only a single strand of DNA, with a repeating, palindromic sequence. This means that if the strand is broken, it can repair itself by splicing extremely easily, as described in detail in his books.

    Narang is a specialist in the study of similar diseases.

  • Nathan

    The person who seems to have the best handle on BSE is microbiologist Dr Harash Harang

    These books give a very good account of the story: -

    The Link: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease/Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy – The Manufactured Disease

    by Harash Narang (1997)

    Death On The Menu – Cjd Victims Diagnosis And Care. Families Devastated By ' Mad Cpw' Disease Reveal Their Tragic Storiesc

    by Narang Harash (1997)

    Don't Worry (It's Safe to Eat): The True Story of GM Food, BSE and Foot and Mouth

    by Andrew Rowell (2003)