Unformatted text preview: oyed their brains. The disease was tentatively linked to the consumption of tainted beef. Cattle that had eaten feed containing the
remains of infected animals now seemed responsible for transmitting the pathogen to human beings. Some of the young people with vCJD,
Science magazine noted, had been “keen consumers of beef burgers.” The McDonald’s Corporation promptly announced that it was
suspending the purchase of British beef.
The FDA’s vow to act quickly soon encountered resistance from the American cattle, meatpacking, meat-processing, feed-manufacturing,
and rendering industries. Animal protein was an inexpensive feed additive that promoted growth, and slaughterhouses produced huge
volumes of waste that needed to go somewhere. At the time, American cattle were eating about 2 billion pounds of animal protein every
year — mainly the remains of other cattle. About three-quarters of all American cattle were being fed animal protein, and dairy cattle were
the most likely to eat it in significant amounts. They were also the most likely to wind up as fast food hamburgers one day.
The National Renderers Association, the American Feed Industry Association, the Fa...
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