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1) Discover Current Issue : Cow Parts: To reconstruct the complete cow, you would need to gather countless products from an astonishing array of industries. Some are still close to agriculture— processed animal feed and pet food as well as garden supplies such as blood and bonemeal. But other products have no apparent connection with farming, such as jet engine lubricants and brake fluid from bovine fatty acids, which are derived from tallow, which is itself produced from fat and bone.
The number of uses for beef by-products was once largely a
matter of curiosity, of interest mainly to the manufacturers and to
renderers. But in Great Britain, the appearance of BSE in the
mid-1980s created a critical need for an inventory of beef
by-products and their uses to identify which specific cow parts
should be banned for use as human food and in animal feeds
and fertilizers. The process was slowed by administrative
wrangling, so 10 years passed from the time BSE was
discovered and the audit was completed. But early in the
investigation, scientists identified the cow parts that might carry
the risk of contaminating farmers, slaughterhouse workers,
employees at rendering plants, butchers, and the public. The
most infectious organs— where BSE prions cluster— are the
brain and spinal cord, followed, on a less infectious level, by the
pineal, pituitary, and adrenal glands, spleen, tonsils, placenta,
lymph nodes, ileum, part of the colon, dura mater, and
cerebrospinal fluid. Less infectious still are the distal colon,
nasal mucosa, sciatic nerve, bone marrow, liver, lung, pancreas,
and thymus gland.
I : donot agree - Can I compare this to seat belt requirements...
just because the chances of someone getting killed by a machine is
less... doesnot mean we should not think about these issues
3) CNN.com - Sympathy over Kohl wife\'s suicide - July 5, 2001: Expressions of sympathy are pouring in for the former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl whose wife has committed suicide at the age of 68. Hannelore Kohl was found dead on Wednesday night at the family's home in the western city of Ludwigshafen after seven years of suffering from a rare and painful allergy to sunlight.