Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Contaminated Meat

Exotic Meats USA of San Antonio, TX is initiating a voluntary recall of Elk Tenderloin because it may contain meat derived from an elk confirmed to have Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

CWD is one of the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies, which includes BSE — “Mad Cow Disease.”

Of course the FDA says concerns about the safety of the meat are purely “theoretical." At the present time, FDA believes the risk of becoming ill from eating CWD-positive elk or deer meat is remote.

What else could they say when they already allow cattle with cancerous tumors to be processed for human consumption? In 2000 the ruling was made that cancerous tumors and open sores were to be reclassified as "aesthetic" problems.

However, the FDA strongly advises consumers to return the elk meat product to the place of purchase, rather than disposing of it themselves, due to environmental concerns.

Here's another story with Colorado contaminated elk.

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