BIO-HAZARDS - Human Food Chain
vCJD - Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is considered a rare disease that has a similar impact on the human brains as mad cow disease on cows. Per the USDA vCJD has a believed incubation period of 10 to 15 years but may be longer. To counter possible growth of vCJD the USDA created a list called the Specific Risk Materials designated NOT to be introduced into animal feed. Specifically these SRMs include: brain; eyes; trigeminal ganglia; spinal cord; vertebral column and dorsal root of animals over 30 months of age. UNFORTUNATELY it was discovered that some slaughtering systems were using electric shocks to prod downer cows (cows unable to walk and may be BSE affected) into the slaughter system past a very limited number of USDA monitors. In 2007 USDA "drastically" cut back on the number of cows inspected for BSE . As as result it is logical to suspect BSE infected cows will slip the monitoring system and a rise of vCJD that will be medically misdiagnosed. Using the word "rare" in all vCJD descriptions should be removed. vCJD CANNOT be diagnosed without a brain biopsy or autopsy and may be confused with dementia and Alzheimer's. Heat does not affect the prion responsible for transmission of vJCD.