U.S. Reports Possible Case of Mad Cow.
Maybe it's natural cynicism. Maybe it's living in the UK during their right-wing government's denial of what turned out to be a serious Mad Cow problem (right down to the then-Agriculture Minister feeding his young daughter a hamburger on national TV). Maybe it's an economically irrational attempt to control visible if low-probability risk in a world full of invisible higher-probability risks. But Caroline and I don't believe the US government has a handle on the potential for a Mad Cow epidemic — it isn't doing enough testing, for one thing — and we haven't been eating any beef for months now.
So, no borscht this winter (the family recipe involves beef as well as kasha and sour cream).
Certain types of beef are safe — there are farms where health
concerns are taken seriously. Here in Colorado, Coleman Beef
is such a business. You can find their products at Whole Foods,
Wild Oats and Vitamin Cottage. Or check out their website.
I do not work for or own any interest in Coleman. I’m just letting
you know of a good place to bring your business.
Any beef you buy at Whole Foods is all natural and therefore shouldn’t be subject to BSE/vCJD.
Also the cow in question hasn’t been confirmed, it was just an inconclusive test (last time I saw) and it wasn’t in the food chain anyway.
But our government has no clue how to deal with a BSE or vCJD outbreak. Not real confident in that.