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Unformatted text preview: ains wield over the meatpacking industry. Mad cow disease is important today, not just as a
deadly foodborne illness, but also as a powerful symbol of all that is wrong about the industrialization of farm animals.
On March 29, 1996, the Food and Drug Administration announced that in order to prevent an outbreak of BSE in the United States, the
agency would “expedite” new rules prohibiting the use of certain animal proteins in cattle feed. American consumer groups had been
demanding tough feed restrictions for years and were planning to sue the FDA if it refused to take action. Nine days earlier, Stephen Dorrell,
the British health minister, had surprised Parliament by acknowledging for the first time that mad cow disease might cross the species barrier
and infect human beings — a possibility that his government had vehemently denied for years. Great Britain was soon engulfed in a mad cow
panic. Ten young people had developed a previously unknown ailment, called new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), that literally
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08