Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Now, Mad Sea Cow: Mad Cow from Seafood

How seafood enters the human foodchain and may introduce Mad Cow disease.

Predators: Shrimp are eaten by many animals, including many fish, birds, octopi, squid, cuttlefish, and people. [bold emphasis mine]

Want the facts? Read this post Pet Food Prions (Mad Cow) Predicted in the Human Food Chain below.

Sea cows are aquatic mammals that are called Manatees. Manatees have no natural predators and eat only water plants with their molars (flat teeth). The term "mad sea cow" is used only figuratively. The underlying human consumption hazard relates to shrimp (not eaten by sea cows, known as manatees).

Scientists employed or contracted by the U.S. Government have suspected a possible seafood connection since the late 1980s. Ironically, people have turned to shrimp to avoid BSE. Worldwide sales of shrimp from Thailand and Malaysia have increased - and so have prices - in part because of fears about Mad Cow disease and foot-and-mouth disease.


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