Wednesday, January 14, 2004

BSE Tidbit of the Day

Some things really catch my attention such as this statistic:
    In January, 1997, FDA projected that with no feed ban in place, the appearance of a single mad cow in the US would mean that over the next 11 years at least 299,000 additional mad cows cases would emerge, because of the spread of the disease via infected feed and the long invisible latency period in cattle. These 299,000 case would occur even if an airtight, mandatory feed ban were put in place immediately after the appearance of the first mad cow in the US. (MCUSA, page 211-212)