• Mad cow disease can be prevented.
  • Mad cow disease has several different names.
  • It is called Bovine Spongiform encephalopathy or BSE.

One positive side from mad cow disease is that you cannot get it from eating steak or a hamburger etc.

As you now know, mad-cow disease is transmitted through consumption.

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Mad cow disease is a serious disease that affects many different species.
Now for a little history on Mad Cow Disease: It was a disease prevalent in sheep for hundreds of years (Scrapie) and then it crossed the species border and appeared in cattle in Britain about 15 years ago where it is known as Bo...

The mad cow disease scares europe

Butchering practices in the UK and feeding bone meal to livestock between 10 and 20 years ago may have caused the outbreak in humans.

Use of made from cows and sheep in cattle feed is banned in the United States, and has since been banned throughout most of the world.


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PURPOSE, SCOPE AND LIMITATIONS Our initial purpose of researching this topic has been inspired by the growing concern for the outbreak of Mad Cow Disease and it's various forms.

But since is tied to a misshapen protein, not a viral or bacterial contagion, Schommer said health officials are taking no chances that can be contained in Europe.

HARTLAND - Skyrocketing cowhide prices related to mad-cow disease and foot-and-mouth disease have forced Irving Tanning Co.

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Because of the diseases, cattle by the thousands are being burned in Europe, greatly depleting the world's cowhide supply.

Irving Tanning does not buy hides from Europe, Larochelle said, but the lost hides overseas are creating a worldwide leather shortage.

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The chronology is as follows:

1) March 1996 - McDonalds suspends sale of British beef products,
- European ban on British beef imposed,
2) April 1996 – Britain offers a host of solutions to deal with the MCD epidemic
including the slaughter of thousands of animals,
3) May 1996 – British prime minister John Major states that Britain will no longer
cooperate with EU in business until the ban is eased,
4) June 1996 – European Court of Justice rejects Britains bid for immediate removal of the ban,
5) July 1996 – EU scientists say BSE can infect sheep;
6) August 1996 – British coroner finds rules that a 20 year old vegetarian who died of
CJD contracted the disease from eating meat as a child,
7) October 1996 - A team of scientists led by Professor Collinge at the Imperial College School of Medicine at St Mary's, London find evidence of link between a new
variant form of CJD and BSE,
8) November 1996 - EU steps up research funding for BSE,
9) January 1997 – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposes ban
slaughtered animal parts in livestock feed because of links to MCD,
10) March 1997 – World Health organization announces that people at risk from CJD
should be banned from giving blood,
11) April 1997 - Beef, corn and soybean futures fell on the Board of Trade
with a newspaper report that an Indiana man died of an ailment linked to mad cow disease,
12) June 1997 - The British government is to extend "mad cow" controls to sheep
because of fears that they may also have become infected with the “fatal brain
disease”, and will order the compulsory slaughter of all sheep suspected of
infection with scrapie,
13) July 1997 - Burger King pulls out of France after 16 years, half of customer loss due
to BSE fears,
14) September 1997- Scientists claim to have “proved” that MCD disease has caused CJD,
15) October 1997 – three unconfirmed cases of CJD in Florida,
16) December 1997 – US restricts the import of cattle, sheep and some livestock products
from 21 European nations until there is proof of no "mad cow" risk from them,
17) January 1998 – US beef producers go to court with Oprah Winfree over comments
made about beef and MCD.

that after the latest outbreak of Mad Cow disease in Europe, ..

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PARIS (Reuters) - disease and the foot-and-mouth epidemic plaguing Europe are causing sleepless nights in an unexpected quarter -- the continent's most exclusive luxury leather goods firms.

The double dose of sickness felling cattle in Britain and increasingly across Europe is worrying designer shoe and handbag makers like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Hermes, as leather prices rise and quality supplies diminish.

Successive beef scares have forced a slump in European meat consumption, which means fewer beasts for the slaughterhouse and consequently for the tanners who buy their hides.

"The crisis and the foot-and-mouth epidemic are bringing us serious disruptions," said Jean-Paul Vivier, director of leather goods and fashion at Louis Vuitton, a division of luxury goods giant LVMH that has seen insatiable demand for leather accessories fuel exponential profit growth.

"A 30 to 35 percent reduction in meat consumption (in France) is bringing a shortage of available raw hides, and in practice we could very well envisage significant price rises."

The industry would be in serious trouble if meat eating dropped by half, he added.

"Yes I'm worried, it's not good news," said the chief executive for leather at a rival luxury goods house.

"We don't really know the impact, and today we can't see anything except the prices going up, but we are saying: 'What if...?' We are trying to get information from everywhere."

Prices for raw calf hides shot up 70 percent between January 2000 and February 2001, as the crisis affected supplies and demand continued to rise, according to Jean-Claude Ricomard, president of the Federation of French Tanners.

That has driven up the cost of the kid-soft ready-tanned hides which luxury makers buy by 25 to 35 percent, he added.

And that means prices for fashion fiends are also on the rise.

"Prices to the consumer have gone up between seven and 10 percent," said Francois Belot, second in command at Le Tanneur, a luxury leather goods maker that is 27 percent-owned by LVMH.

"We will try to absorb the increase, but if it continues, eventually we will be forced to pass the rises on," said Vivier.

LVMH, which spends 500 million francs ($68 million) a year buying leather from around 20 European suppliers said it was drawing down stocks to limit costs to clients.

Over at Florentine design house Gucci, spokesman Tomaso Galli said the rock-star glam fashion group that produces 3.5 million leather items a year, including 300,000 pairs of shoes, has enough supplies for this year.

The same is true at France's Hermes, which employs 1,000 people in its leather workshops in France.

But tanners only buy up to six months in advance and scenes of cattle being incinerated in Britain have sparked fears that finding next year's supplies may prove more of a headache.

"If suddenly the price of calf leather exceeded that of crocodile, then we would all be in trouble," said one luxury leather chief.

LONDON (Reuters) - Northern England and Scotland have the highest incidence of the human form of disease but scientists said on Friday they had no idea why.

Eighty-five people had been confirmed as having the fatal brain wasting disease by November 2000 when researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine began their study.