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Unformatted text preview: ed to some absurdities. The British decision to keep
some of the most infective cattle parts (brains, spleens, spinal materials, thymus glands, and intestines) out of the human food supply was
prompted not by health or agricultural officials, but by a leading manufacturer of pet foods. Worried by mounting evidence that mad cow
disease might have the ability to cross species barriers, Pedigree Master Foods decided to keep cattle offal out of its products and told the
Ministry of Agriculture that it was a good idea to do the same with food intended for human consumption. Meanwhile, British children were
being served some of the nation’s cheapest meats — hamburgers, sausages, and mince pies full of potentially contaminated offal — because
the 1980 Education Act had eliminated government subsidies for nutritious school meals.
A great many British pets were eating safer food than the British people, until November of 1989, when the government banned the sale
of cattle offal and its use in the manufacture of ground beef. Seven months later, the worst fe...
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- Spring '08